Woman who caused uproar in St. John's court apologizes

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A woman known for her unruly behaviour in court was handed a 48-day conditional sentence and apologized when she came before a judge in provincial court today.

Amy Collins (right) shown being escorted into provincial court by a sheriff's officers in this Telegram file photo.

Amy Collins was also given 18 months probation by Judge Mike Madden for charges of obstruction, resisting arrest and breaching court orders, stemming from a September 2012 incident.

The 36-year-old — who had been released on conditions after she was arrested in September — was convicted of obstructing justice and breaching probation Oct. 11 following her trial, in which she refused to take part.

During proceedings at that time she frequently interupted the judge and demanded he refer to her as “My Lady.”

However, she was calm today during sentencing.

She pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to appear in court Oct. 23, which was when she was originally scheduled to be sentenced.

Collins wrote a letter of apology, indicating she had been taking bad advice and that she now recognizes the authority of the court.

She had described herself as a human-rights advocate and, while she denied being a member of the Freeman on the Land movement, her beliefs were similar in that she refuses to heed government rules.

 

 

Geographic location: St. John's

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