Crane climber breaks si­lence

Metro Canada (Toronto) - - News -

Marisa Lazo, who was dra­mat­i­cally res­cued from a down­town Toronto crane last year, re­ceived an ab­so­lute dis­charge late last month after plead­ing guilty to two counts of mis­chief.

While Lazo’s crane climb cap­tured in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion, her guilty plea es­caped the me­dia glare after her lawyer va­cated a sched­uled Jan. 10 court date in the On­tario Court of Jus­tice.

The Crown with­drew four counts of mis­chief.

Lazo, 23, read a lengthy and tear­ful apol­ogy in court that in­cluded some in­sight into why she scaled a con­struc­tion crane at 50 Welles­ley St. E. at 3:10 a.m. on April 26, ac­cord­ing to an au­dio record­ing of the court pro­ceed­ing.

“It was a ter­ri­ble mis­take. I’m ashamed and em­bar­rassed and did not see all the harm that I caused,” Lazo told court Dec. 29.

The Ge­orge Brown ar­chi­tec­ture stud­ies stu­dent said she knew what she was do­ing was “wrong and dan­ger­ous.”

Lazo said she was strug­gling with her men­tal health, abus­ing al­co­hol and avoid­ing get­ting the help she needed. After a night of drink­ing, and feeling alone and iso­lated, Lazo said she was walk­ing by the con­struc­tion site when she “im­pul­sively de­cided” to hop a fence and scale the crane.

“I thought it would make me feel more alive and would be ex­cit­ing,” she told the court.

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