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Teen pleads guilty to 'disturbing' break-in at Barrie senior's home

Helpless senior had maple syrup poured onto her chest
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Barrie Police investigate a break-in at the home of a 98-year-old woman on Dec. 29, 2016. Sue Sgambati/BarrieToday

A 16-year-old youth has admitted to his role in a break-in where the home of a Barrie senior was ransacked and vandalized.

The teen, who cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, pleaded guilty to break and enter, mischief and assault Tuesday in Barrie court.

It was in the early morning hours of Dec. 29 when Jean Knox, who is hard of hearing and confined to a wheelchair, was awakened in her bed around 4:40 a.m.

In a previous interview with BarrieToday, Knox, who turned 98 days after the frightening ordeal, said she pretended to be asleep in her bed while an intruder went through the drawers of her dresser.

Daylight revealed how her home had been vandalized with food thrown everywhere. 

The helpless senior even had maple syrup poured onto her chest.  

Her son Ian called the break-in 'disturbing.'

A 17-year-old who is also facing charges has not entered a plea.

His next court appearance is March 21.



Sue Sgambati

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