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

Rosie Mullaley rmullaley@thetelegram.com
Published on January 29, 2014
Alexandria Harnum (left) is escorted into provincial court today by sheriff's officers. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

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

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.