Denzel Bird, who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a young woman while she walked to work on the south side last fall, will be sentenced a few months later than previously scheduled.
Sentencing will be delayed for more than two months for a Lethbridge man who pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault and break and enter after a 25 year old woman was brutally attacked last fall. Denzel Bird was originally supposed to be sentenced on January 5th, 2018 but that has now been put off to March 28th instead. Crown prosecutor, Erin Olsen, telling the court Wednesday (Dec. 13) that Bird had been referred for a psychiatric assessment back on September 8th, but several other emergency cases have led to a significant delay. That assessment is expected to be complete by the beginning of March and defence lawyer, Tonii Roulston, has also requested a full Gladue report be done by the same date. According to an agreed statement of facts, Bird came up behind the young woman while she was walking to work in late September 2016, hit her over the head with a pipe, and dragged her to a nearby alley where he sexually assaulted her. The victim, who cannot be named, has since been released from hospital care. Bird remains in jail at the Lethbridge Correctional Centre. - Sam Borsato