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Teen pleads guilty in Boxing Day machete attacks at Calgary Zoo parking lot

A Calgary teen who used a machete to attacked people and cars in the Calgary Zoo parking lot on Boxing Day has pleaded guilty. 

The 17-year-old can’t be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

On Thursday, the boy appeared in youth court via closed-circuit television and pleaded guilty to five charges, including assault with a weapon, mischief to property and breaching a release order.

None of the facts of the case were discussed in court but when the teen was arrested, the Calgary Police Service said he was believed to be intoxicated by alcohol and drugs at the time of the incident.

Around 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 26, police responded to multiple 911 calls about a person swinging a machete at people and vehicles in the Calgary Zoo north parking lot. 

One person suffered minor injuries and several vehicles were damaged in the attacks.

Defence lawyer James Wyman asked the judge to adjourn sentencing so a pre-sentence report could be completed.

A Gladue report, which examines an Indigenous offender’s personal and family history, has also been ordered. 

A sentencing hearing will take place before Justice Jennifer Shaften in June.

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