Amy Collins — who has beliefs similar to the Freeman on the Land movement — arrested after court no-show
A woman who didn’t show up for sentencing earlier this week will spend the rest of the week at the Waterford Hospital.
Amy Collins is led into provincial court in St. John’s Friday, three days after a warrant was issued for her arrest. Collins failed to show up for sentencing on Tuesday. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram
Amy Collins — the woman who caused a commotion by voicing her unorthodox beliefs last time she appeared before a judge — was back in provincial court in St. John’s Friday.
The 36-year-old was arrested earlier in the day at a bus stop by police officers, who were acting on an arrest warrant.
Judge Mike Madden had issued the warrant Tuesday after Collins was a no-show in court. She was supposed to have been sentenced on charges of resisting arrest, obstruction of justice and court breaches.
During proceedings in her trial two weeks ago, Collins had continuously shouted objections and insisted that Madden call her “My Lady.”
She constantly interrupted the judge, prompting him to find her in contempt of court. The trial continued and Collins was subsequently convicted of the charges, which stem from a September 2012 incident.
Collins describes herself as a human rights advocate and, while she denies being a member of the Freeman on the Land movement, her beliefs are similar in that she refuses to heed government rules.
Collins believes she is free from laws that govern most people and that being referred to by the name on a birth certificate is a breach of a person’s constitutional rights.
Collins was again ranting when she came to court Friday.
As Judge Pamela Goulding was reading the new charges — failing to attend court and two counts of breaching court orders — Collins again tried to speak over the judge.
“I believe there has been a mistake,” Collins said.
“I have no idea who you and your Amy Collins are.”
Later, she said, “What authority do you have to address me as Amy Collins?”
Lawyers agreed to send Collins for a lunch-hour psychiatric assessment.
When Collins returned in the afternoon, Goulding informed her that the doctors at the Waterford Hospital have requested a further week-long evaluation.
Collins is scheduled to be back in court Nov. 1.