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Crown seeks six years for Rideau Hall incident

Darpan News Desk The Canadian Press, 24 Feb, 2021
  • Crown seeks six years for Rideau Hall incident

Crown prosecutors are asking that a Manitoba man be sentenced to six years minus time served after he pleaded guilty to eight charges related to an incident at Rideau Hall.

Corey Hurren, 46, rammed through a gate at Rideau Hall and headed on foot toward Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s home at Rideau Cottage while heavily armed on July 2.

Police were able to talk Hurren, a Canadian Ranger and sausage-maker, down and arrested him peacefully after about 90 minutes.

Crown prosecutor Meaghan Cunningham told an Ottawa courtroom today that Hurren's actions posed a serious threat to public safety and set up a potentially dangerous situation.

Defence lawyer Michael Davies is seeking a sentence of three years, less time served, and acknowledged Hurren's bad choices before noting his client gave himself up peacefully.

Davies said Hurren was a hardworking member of society before the COVID-19 pandemic caused him to face financial difficulties and depression.

Justice Robert Wadden is expected to deliver his sentence on March 10.

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