A sentence was handed out in Swift Current Provincial Court after a joint submission yesterday for a male youth who, along with a number of other offences, planted a pipebomb by the Swift Current library in June.

The youth, who can't be named under the Youth Criminal Justice System, received 45 days in open custody and a year's probation.

Around 1 a.m. June 14 police responded to a report of a suspicious device in the parking lot beside the library. The RCMP's explosives unit attended, and rendered the device safe. It was a pipebomb, capable of causing damage, but had no ignition source attached.

A bail hearing was held, where the youth received a 24-hour curfew and would stay with his mother.

While on parole in early October, a vehicle he was a passenger in was pulled over on Highway 1. He said he was going to Saskatoon with friends to get out of the house.

Then on October 23 there was a call to the youth's residence, where he engaged in a lot of erratic behaviour which brought about new charges, including assault and resisting arrest.

While the youth said he doesn't have addiction issues, Judge L.A. Matsalla said he definitely does.

Matsalla was stern with the youth while accepting the joint submission, saying if he continues to act the way he has been, he'll wind up in an adult facility where he'll have to walk and sleep with eyes in the back of his head.

Matsalla added that it was the first time in his 20-plus-years of experience he's had someone's pre-sentence report say their risk is very high.

The youth has a weapons ban, and can't have any alcohol or non-prescribed drugs. The weapons ban includes any imitation weapons, which both Crown attorney Stephen Kritzer and defence lawyer Adrian McBride said is getting to be a common offence in Swift Current.

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