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Cocaine smuggler jailed

A woman caught with almost 700 grams of cocaine in her pants as she got off a plane from Jamaica was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison Friday.

Jacqueline O'Donahue, 30, sobbed as Court of Queen's Bench Justice Gerald Chartier came down with his sentence.

O'Donahue had pleaded guilty to a charge of importing cocaine worth an estimated $25,000.

Her lawyer Eric Wach had argued she should have been given a conditional sentence as she had brought the cocaine back under duress and did not have a criminal record.

The woman, then a long-time cocaine addict, claimed she went to Jamaica via Toronto on the understanding she'd be bringing $50,000 back to Canada.

However, once in Jamaica she learned from her contact she would be bringing cocaine back through Winnipeg.

She also claimed she was raped three times by different men before flying back to Canada.

Crown attorney Anne Turner said an anonymous call to police tipped them off about O'Donahue's arrival in Winnipeg Jan. 19, 2011, and she was arrested.

Chartier said he did not believe the woman, and despite her cleaning up her life in the past two years, a prison sentence was warranted.

Women face rare charges

WINNIPEG police have charged two women with helping to harbour a fugitive being sought in a murder investigation.

Laura Ashley Jessica Asham and Danielle Jane Raven, both 20, are facing the rare charges of accessory after the fact to murder. None of the allegations has been proven and they are presumed innocent.

Asham and Raven are accused of helping Morgan Van Bone avoid arrest between March 26 and May 8, according to court documents. Police say they allegedly provided a residence for the suspect to hide out in.

Police arrested Van Bone, 19, on May 8 at a residence in the 1800 block of Elgin Avenue West. He has been charged with first-degree murder for a gangland-style slaying inside Johnny G's restaurant on Main Street on Feb. 15 when William Edward Moar, 24, was gunned down by a man shortly before 2 a.m.

 

-- staff

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 18, 2013 A9

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