I’m taking a ’calculated risk’ says N.B. judge when sentencing Biggar woman

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A Biggar woman arrested by the Battlefords RCMP was given a conditional jail sentence.

Desiree Hinse, 24, of Biggar was sentenced March 22 in North Battleford Provincial Court on drug and weapons-related charges.

“I’m going to take a calculated risk,” said Judge Daniel O’Hanlon when he handed Hinse a six-month conditional sentence to be served in the community, adding that he could have sentenced her to serve her time at Pine Grove Correctional Centre for women in Prince Albert.

Hinse and three others were arrested September 2020 during a traffic stop by the North Battleford RCMP gang unit.

The court heard that the RCMP were patrolling near McDonalds in North Battleford when they saw a white BMW known to be associated with Matthew Greer who had a warrant out for his arrest. Police then saw the white BMW interact with a truck. Police tried arresting Greer on outstanding warrants and Hinse locked police out of the vehicle and yelled at them.

At one point, Hinse put herself in between Greer and an RCMP officer trying to arrest him and continued to yell at police.

Inside the BMW police found a large quantity of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana. Inside Hinse’s purse, police found a drug scale, cocaine, and a Tazer that looked like a flashlight. At the time, Hinse was on a mandatory prohibition order not to have any weapons for 10 years.

Police also arrested Rae Ahenakew and Shynia Skeavington, both from Mosquito First Nation.

Ahenakew is charged with possession of cocaine and meth for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a firearm in a vehicle, and obstructing a police officer. Skeavington, Greer and Hinse were charged with weapons and drug-related offences.

In Februrary, Hinse had pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a prohibited weapon, obstruction of a peace officer, unlawful possession of a substance, driving while prohibited, and failing to comply with conditions.

Hinse wasn’t represented by a lawyer and told the court, “I would like to apologize for my actions and I take full responsibility.”

Hinse will serve her conditional sentence at a residence in the R.M. of Biggar.

ljoy@glaciermedia.ca

Lisa Joy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Battlefords Regional News-Optimist