nusual thief at ourt­house

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Ber­trand Gos­selin Sher­brooke Court­house

isi­bly ner­vous, a 0 year-old Ma­gog woman was be­fore Judge H lène Fabi dur­ing the Crown Pros­e­cu­tors’ slow­down to get it over with, con­cern­ing a theft of wool. Last sum­mer, she went to almart where she stole a num­ber of balls of wool. She was caught as she was com­ing out of the store. Stand­ing in front of Judge Fabi, she asked to plead guilty right away, but be­cause of the sit­u­a­tion with the pros­e­cu­tors, Judge Fabi wanted to post­pone her plea to a later date. In tears, the woman in­sisted un­til the Judge ac­cepted her plea but fixed her sen­tence to a later date in front of Judge Danielle C t .

Be­fore pro­nounc­ing the sen­tence last week, Judge C t asked the lady if she had some­thing to say to the court. The ac­cused opened up. She ex­plained, with deep emo­tion, why she stole the wool Her main hobby is knit­ting, she knits small coloured kits for ba­bies and then gives them away to needy young moth­ers. Hav­ing heard these com­ments, Judge C t im­me­di­ately granted the woman an ab­so­lute dis­charge, with no crim­i­nal record. The woman then ran to the back of the court room and picked up a small box that she was asked, for se­cu­rity pur­poses, to leave there when she came in. She came back in front of Judge C t , opened the box and showed her an ex­am­ple of the lit­tle baby out­fits that she knits. She promised the Court that, never again, would she steal wool to ful­fill her good deeds. For hu­man­i­tar­ian rea­sons, we are not pub­lish­ing the woman’s iden­tity.

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