Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Missing juror spends afternoon in jail

  • Print

A missing juror who delayed the start of a jury trial this morning was let off with a warning after she spent the afternoon in jail.

The woman, identified only as juror #10, was part of the jury on the Richard Rondeau trial, which began last Monday.

Court was told the young woman had been late several times last week but she hadn’t arrived in the courthouse this morning for the 10 a.m. start of the trial.

By 10:20 a.m., with the agreement of both the defence counsel and Crown prosecutor, Justice Gerald Chartier discharged the juror, issued a warrant for her arrest and continued with the trial.

The woman arrived at court much later, was taken into custody and spent the afternoon in a jail cell while the other 11 jurors determined Rondeau’s fate.

Chartier had the woman brought to the courtroom after the jury brought in its guilty verdict.

She was marched through the courtroom, wearing handcuffs and her feet in shackles, and placed in the prisoner’s box.

The woman immediately apologized to the court and the other jurors, explaining that she had been up all night with a fever, severe cramps and vomiting, and she slept late into the morning.

When Chartier asked the woman why she had been late several times last week, she explained she had to take transit to get to the courthouse and if she missed a bus there was a long wait for the second bus.

Chartier said he could have found the woman in contempt of court and sent her back to jail and imposed a fine, but accepted her explanation, with a warning that she had to take greater responsibility for her actions.


Updated on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 3:16 PM CDT: updates with juror found

3:28 PM: Corrects judge's name to Gerald

6:24 PM: corrects Rondeau's name

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes


  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

The Winnipeg Free Press is not accepting comments on this story.


Make text: Larger | Smaller


Canadians For a New Partnership discuss their plans

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • JOE.BRYKSA@FREEPRESS.MB.CA Local-(Standup photo)- Humming Around- A female ruby -throated hummingbird fly's through the bee bomb  flowers Friday at the Assiniboine Park English Garden- Nectar from flowers are their main source of food. Hummingbirds wings can beat as fast as 75x times second. Better get a glimpse of them soon the birds fly far south for the winter - from Mexico to South America- JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS- Sept 10, 2009
  • Jia Ping Lu practices tai chi in Assiniboine Park at the duck pond Thursday morning under the eye of a Canada goose  - See Bryksa 30 Day goose challenge Day 13- May 17, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos


Should tobogganing be banned on city land?

View Results

Ads by Google