Ac­cused de­tails griev­ances to judge

‘I don’t like this pin­ball ma­chine process’

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY CAPE BRETON POST STAFF

A Hal­i­fax woman charged in con­nec­tion with two evac­u­a­tions in Syd­ney de­tailed three griev­ances Mon­day dur­ing a provin­cial court ap­pear­ance.

Karin Tara Soren­son, 47, of Got­tin­gen Street, told Judge Diane McGrath she wants an in­ter­na­tional hu­man rights lawyer ap­pointed to her case, she wants ac­cess to bot­tled wa­ter while in cus­tody and she needs a place to live.

McGrath re­sponded by ex­plain­ing that judges don’t hire lawyers for ac­cused, judges have no au­thor­ity to in­ter­fere with how cor­rec­tional cen­tres are op­er­ated and judges do not find ac­com­mo­da­tions for ac­cused seek­ing bail.

In ad­di­tion, Soren­son in­formed the court that she has re­nounced her Cana­dian cit­i­zen­ship and that she would pre­fer the court to sim­ply set her free, vow­ing she would never re­turn.

“I don’t have money for a lawyer and I need a place to live in or­der to be re­leased,” Soren­son told the court Mon­day.

She said she is not able to rep­re­sent her­self and fired her duty coun­sel lawyer whose ser­vices are free while an ac­cused is in cus­tody.

Soren­son also ex­pressed frus­tra­tion at be­ing brought to the court­house for ap­pear­ances only to be re­turned to the Cape Breton Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre to await an­other court date.

“I don’t like this pin­ball ma­chine process,” she said.

McGrath ad­journed the case un­til Tues­day when Soren­son is to ap­pear by video from the cor­rec­tional cen­tre. Should a bail hear­ing be able to be sched­uled, McGrath said ar­range­ments can be made to have Soren­son brought to the court­house Tues­day af­ter­noon.

Soren­son is charged in con­nec­tion with two evac­u­a­tions — one at Home De­pot in Syd­ney on April 6 and the other at the Syd­ney Jus­tice Cen­tre on April 13.

She was first ar­rested April 5 af­ter Cape Breton Re­gional Po­lice were alerted to a woman wan­der­ing in and out of traf­fic in Groves Point.

She ap­peared in court the fol­low­ing day and was re­leased on con­di­tions that in­cluded she re­turn to Hal­i­fax and that she not pose a haz­ard to traf­fic.

Af­ter leav­ing the Syd­ney court­house, Soren­son ended up at Home De­pot, armed with a knife and bar­ri­cad­ing her­self in a shelv­ing unit at the store, prompt­ing an evac­u­a­tion of the build­ing.

No in­juries were re­ported.

Last week, Soren­son made three court ap­pear­ances and, dur­ing her fi­nal ap­pear­ance last Fri­day, she is al­leged to have set off the sprin­kler head in her cell which caused a mi­nor flood in the cell area and ad­ja­cent sher­iff depart­ment of­fices.

The in­ci­dent sparked a fire alarm which forced every­one out of the build­ing pend­ing an all clear sig­nal from re­gional fire of­fi­cials. No in­juries were re­ported. She is now charged with two counts of breach­ing court or­ders, two counts of breach­ing a peace bond and sin­gle counts of pos­ses­sion of a weapon for a dan­ger­ous pur­pose (a knife), and mis­chief by prop­erty dam­age.

Last De­cem­ber, Soren­son signed a peace bond in Hal­i­fax af­ter she was found wan­der­ing in and out of traf­fic.

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