Sentencing delayed for man guilty in attack on homeless Sask. woman

Sentencing delayed for man guilty of attempted murder in attack on Marlene Bird, a homeless Saskatchewan woman. File / Supplied

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – A man who pleaded guilty after attacking a homeless Saskatchewan woman and setting her on fire will wait longer to learn his fate. Leslie Black was scheduled to be sentenced in a Prince Albert courtroom Thursday for attempted murder.

Black was charged after Marlene Bird was found badly injured in a parking lot outside a community centre on June 1, 2014.

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Bird was so badly burned that doctors had to amputate both her legs. She also underwent several skin graft surgeries.

There was an outpouring of support nationally and internationally after the attack. A local shelter set up a trust fund to help cover medical and rehabilitation costs.

Bird has since moved into a home with her long-time partner, who helped her adjust to her new life in a wheelchair.

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Black was initially charged with aggravated sexual assault, a charge the Crown said would be dropped.

There was initially a publication ban on Bird’s name, but that was lifted after her family argued that she didn’t want to be “just another statistic.”

With files from The Canadian Press

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