Betty Krawczyk, 78, will spend the next ten months behind bars. The BC Supreme Court sentencing hearing in New Westerminster lasted less than 15-minutes. After ordering the elderly woman to spend ten months in prison for criminal contempt of court, Justice Brenda Brown added she would not grant her a lesser sentence for time served.
Granny Betty was convicted last month of three counts of criminal contempt of court for violating an injunction against protests at the Eagleridge Bluffs construction site in West Vancouver last year.
The Crown was seeking a sentence of nine to 15 months but Krawczyk, who represented herself, made no recommendation except saying she wouldn’t pay a fine or do community service. Many Protestors argued that court injunctions – like the one Krawczyk was arrested under – were unjust. Choruses of “Shame, Shame” echoed through B.C. Supreme Court in New Westeminster.
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