Police in southern Manitoba were at a loss Monday as they tried to determine why a 15-year-old girl was repeatedly stabbed inside the women's washroom at the Pembina Valley Baptist Church shortly after the weekly service had ended.

The Supreme Court of Canada will not review the eight-year sentence handed to a man who stabbed a teenager at a church.

Maksym Kravchenko assaulted the girl in a washroom after a Sunday service at the Pembina Valley Baptist Church in Winkler, Man., in 2017.

The girl's family said the stabbing punctured the 15-year-old's kidney, an artery, diaphragm and intestinal area, though she has since recovered.

Kravchenko pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for the random attack.

The Crown requested six years behind bars, but a judge set the sentence at 10 years.

Manitoba's Court of Appeal lowered the sentence to eight years, prompting the Crown to ask the Supreme Court for a review.

 (The Canadian Press)