Crown seeks 6-year prison sentence for Corey Hurren, CAF member who stormed Rideau Hall gates | CBC News
Corey Hurren must wait just a few weeks to listen to his sentence for storming the gates of Rideau Hall with loaded firearms and a number of rounds of ammunition final summer season.
Justice Richard Wadden heard submissions from each the Crown and defence right this moment however mentioned he isn’t able to ship a call right this moment.
Wadden will ship his choice March 10.
The Crown is looking for a six-year prison sentence, minus time served, and a lifetime firearm ban.
Crown legal professional Meaghan Cunningham mentioned the utmost penalty for a number of the prices is 10 years. She mentioned she’s weighing Hurren’s responsible plea and the very fact that the one mark on his felony historical past dates again to 1999 and is unrelated to the current prices.
Hurren’s lawyer Michael Davies is looking for a sentence of three years, much less a yr for his pre-trial custody.
Hurren, a 46-year-old reservist, pleaded responsible earlier this month to seven weapons-related prices, together with possessing weapons for “a purpose dangerous to the public peace.”
He additionally pleaded responsible to at least one cost of mischief for wilfully inflicting $100,000 value of injury to the Rideau Hall gate on July 2.
According to the agreed assertion of info learn out within the courtroom after Hurren’s plea, he wished to arrest Trudeau over the federal authorities’s COVID-19 restrictions and its ban on assault-style firearms.
He instructed officers that day that he wished to make an announcement to the prime minister by displaying up throughout considered one of his day by day media briefings. He mentioned he hoped his actions could be a “wake-up call” and a “turning point.”
In her submission, Cunningham mentioned Hurren breached Canada’s symbols of presidency and democracy to make a political assertion.
“No responsible democracy can tolerate this,” she mentioned. “For this reason in my submission a significant penitentiary sentence is needed so this court can send a message of its own that those who place the lives of Canadians at risk by carrying loaded firearms into an expected confrontation to send a political message will pay a heavy price indeed.”
Cunningham mentioned that whereas there isn’t any proof that Hurren wished to shoot or kill Trudeau, his actions have been “far from benign” because the occasions of the day might have led to a shootout with police.
She additionally outlined how Hurren made deliberate choices to arm himself with 5 firearms, a number of rounds and a knife earlier than he drove throughout provincial strains to confront the prime minister, who was not residence that day.
In his personal submission, Davies urged the decide to stay to the fees and info earlier than him.
“Mr. Hurren ought to be sentenced for what he did. He’s not here to fix the ails of a society,” he countered.
‘He put the weapons down:’ defence
Davies mentioned that, as a Canadian Ranger and small enterprise proprietor, Hurren contributed to society. He mentioned his consumer’s life started to unravel when he misplaced his job, and his plight was made worse by the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A health care provider’s report cited by each Crown and defence mentioned that Hurren was affected by deep melancholy on the time.
Davies mentioned his consumer made a sequence of dangerous choices in driving to Ottawa with an arsenal of weapons, however mentioned the decide ought to contemplate that Hurren made no less than one good one.
“Ultimately, he made one correct decision — the decision to put those guns down,” Davies instructed the courtroom.
“I’m not here to say you should be congratulated on that decision … but if he’s to be held accountable for his decisions, and he should be, your honour also has to take into consideration that, ultimately, at the end of the day, he put the guns down.”
Wadden gave Hurren a possibility to deal with the courtroom, however he declined.
The Manitoba resident initially confronted 21 weapons prices and considered one of uttering threats towards the prime minister.
Hurren had a 5 weapons with him: a loaded Lakefield Mossberg shotgun, a loaded Grizzly Arms shotgun, a restricted Hi-Standard revolver, a prohibited M14 rifle and a prohibited International Arms break-open pistol with him