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Brittany Jenkins tries to hide her face as she's escorted from Courtroom No. 7 in provincial court in St. John's on Friday
When the security scanner at provincial court in St. John’s sounded Thursday as Brittany Jenkins walked through, sheriff’s officers were quick to search her.
What they found landed the 19-year-old in jail.
Jenkins was said to have had a knife — with a three-inch blade — hidden in her bra.
But she apparently didn’t give it up easily.
Besides the sounding of the scanner, officers also noticed an unusually large bulge in the woman’s shirt and asked her if she was concealing anything. She denied she was.
A female sheriff’s officer was then called to search Jenkins. A hand-held device detected metal in Jenkins’ chest area. Jenkins reportedly told the officer the scanner was sounding because of her underwire bra.
Once officers insisted on another search, Jenkins was said to have finally given in and removed the knife.
Sheriff’s officers immediately contacted police, who took her into custody.
Jenkins had been in court Thursday for a court appearance on charges of public mischief by falsely reporting a robbery in December 2012, theft from Shopper’s Drug Mart in March of this year, theft from Sobeys and causing a disturbance in April. She’s also facing several counts of breaching court orders in connection with those incidents.
After she was caught with a knife, police laid five additional charges — breaching the Court Security Act by possessing a weapon in a restricted area, possessing a weapon dangerous to the public, carrying a concealed weapon, breaching probation and breaching an undertaking.
Judge Pamela Goulding opted to release Jenkins on an undertaking with strict conditions, including that she have no weapons.
She’s scheduled to return to court June 26.