Alexandria Harnum was in provincial court in St. John’s today to face new charges of assaulting sheriff’s officers resulting from incidents Thursday during a sentencing hearing on previous charges.
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Alexandria Harnum in provincial court in St. John’s Thursday.
Just as proceedings were wrapping up on Thursday, Harnum spat in the direction of the judge's bench. That prompted the two sheriff's officers in the courtroom to restrain her. As they and two other sheriff's officers who ran in were leading her back to the holding cells, Harnum reportedly bit one of the female sheriff's officer's arms.
Harnum is facing three new charges of assaulting sheriffs officers, and one of assault against defence lawyer Derek Hogan as a result of the spitting incident. Hogan, however, has indicated he’d like that charge to be dropped and will continue to represent Harnum.
Harnum’s sentencing hearing that began Thursday was set over to March 4 to continue.
Last month, during a court appearance, during which she was denied bail, Harnum grabbed a female sheriff's officer by the head and hauled out a clump of hair.
In July, she assaulted the owner of Lottie's club on George Street after the woman asked Harnum to leave the bar. She also pleaded guilty to several breach of probation orders, including one that ordered her to have no contact with her mother.
The opinion shared by two psychiatrists who testified Thursday at Harnum's sentencing hearing said she's an extremely difficult, complex case and that facilities in this province are not equipped to deal with her special needs.