Woman accused in beating pleads guilty to lesser charge

Prince Albert Court of Queen's Bench. Herald File Photo.

A woman has pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm after taking part in beating a handcuffed victim.

Destiny Rabbitskin was facing much harsher charges, including aggravated assault and forcible confinement. But her lawyer, Adam Masiowski, negotiated for her to plead guilty to lesser offences on Thursday in Prince Albert’s Court of Queen’s Bench.

On September 14, 2015, Rabbitskin was with a group that handcuffed and beat a man. Even her lawyer admitted that she participated in the assault.

“She kicked the complainant while he was being assaulted by others,” Masiowski told the court.

The group made off with the victim’s cell phone, wallet and Ford Focus.

Rabbitskin was facing additional charges for offences against other victims that same day. She allegedly stole a 40 oz bottle of spiced rum while armed with a pellet gun. On Thursday, she pleaded guilty to possessing the proceeds of crime. On another charge, stealing whiskey from yet another victim, she pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact.

“She allowed the perpetrator of this robbery back into her car and drove him away from the scene,” Masiowski said.

The Crown prosecutor said she was willing to place the unlawful confinement charge in abeyance – essentially on hold – because Rabbitskin was not actually the one who handcuffed the first victim.

Masiowski asked the court for an adjournment while a pre-sentence report is prepared. Rabbitskin will be back in court on July 25 for sentencing.