Woman who pulled sheriff's officer's hair back in court

Rosie Mullaley
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A woman who yanked a hunk of hair from a female sheriff officer's head has been sent for a psychiatric assessment.

Alexandria Harnum (left) is escorted into provincial court today by sheriff's officers. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

Alexandria Harnum was back in provincial court in St. John's today. She was escorted into Courtroom No. 7 with two additional sheriff's officers.

It was for precaution, since Harnum caused such a fuss the day before.

On Tuesday, after she was denied bail by Judge Pamela Goulding, Harnum grabbed a female sheriff officer's hair and pulled out a huge handful. It left the woman with a large bald spot in the front of her head. She had to leave work after the incident and was still off today to seek medical attention.

Harnum was originally in court Monday on charges of assaulting a woman on Jan. 26 and two counts of breaching probation conditions. At that time, she called Goulding Lady Gaga.

She was calmer in court today, but still cursed on Goulding as she was reading the new charges.

"Will you say something I can understand!" Harnum said to the judge.

Harnum faces five additional charges as a result of Tuesday's incident in court - assaulting a peace officer and four counts of breaching probation conditions.

She will be back today for a bail hearing, following an assessment.

Duty counsel Jane Fitzpatrick indicated she could not represent Harnum, as she will likely be a witness.



Geographic location: St. John's

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  • Bob
    January 29, 2014 - 12:44

    Another member of the trashy,ghetto underground of our society.Lots like her around these days unfortunately.

    • RedAngel
      January 29, 2014 - 14:12

      I find it very interesting that after all the talk yesterday regarding mental health information and the need to not stigmatize or discriminate against those with mental health concerns, that there are still ignorant people making harsh and ignorant comments here when this young woman OBVIOUSLY has mental health concerns. Every news source in this city covered the story about BEll's Let's Talk campaign yet following that story they immediately reported on the issues this woman is having with the justice sytem rather than the obvious lack of services in this province for our community members who suffer from mental health concerns. Sincerely, DISGUSTED!!

    • Bob
      January 29, 2014 - 14:40

      @Redangel....not all criminals have mental health issues and need a hug.The majority of them are simply bad people who never had a proper upbringing.The rest are usually drug addicted and out of control. They need harsh punishment.

  • Me
    January 29, 2014 - 10:33

    It's the drugs your honour. Send me home and I won't do it again. Thanks.