Accused (aboriginal woman) convicted after trial of threatening a justice system participant intending to impede that participant in her duties as a witness, contrary to 423 CC. Accused threatened a woman who was a witness in a homicide trial involving the accused’s daughter. Compelling Gladue factors, including a history of serious physical abuse and long standing substance abuse.

Held: Suspended sentence.

2 years of probation. “The Gladue factors which I have set out assist in assessing the moral blameworthiness of Ms. Redgun when committing these offences … lead[ing] me to conclude that a sanction other than imprisonment is appropriate in this case.”

J. Patel – Defence Counsel