Inmate charged with ripping hair out of sheriff officer’s head

Rosie Mullaley
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A female sheriff’s officer at provincial court in St. John’s was sent home Tuesday afternoon with an aching head after she had a hank of hair hauled out by a female inmate.

Scales of justice

The officer was in Courtroom No. 7 with 22-year-old Alexandra Harnum, who had a bail hearing on charges of assault and breaching probation.

At the end of the hearing, Judge Pamela Goulding decided to deny Harnum bail.

That’s when Harnum was said to have turned to the officer and tried to punch her. A male officer got between them, but Harnum reportedly managed to reach over and grab the female officer’s hair.

She reportedly hauled out so much, it left a bald spot.

Seconds later, several other officers ran to help.

“She literally pulled out chunks of hair,” one sheriff’s officer, who didn’t want to be identified, told The Telegram.

The large amount of hair was seen in a large baggie, which was held by an RNC officer outside the courtroom shortly afterwards.

Harnum — who reportedly called Goulding “Lady Gaga” during her first appearance on Monday — is expected to be charged with assaulting a peace officer.

She’s expected back in court Wednesday.

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  • Disgusted
    January 28, 2014 - 23:51

    I keep reading about this woman, and she never seems to receive any significant punishment for her actions. I guess some people can get away with anything.