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This article was published 27/3/2013 (1190 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
A missing juror who delayed the start of a jury trial Wednesday morning was let off with a warning after she spent the afternoon in jail.
The woman, identified only as juror No. 10, was part of the jury hearing the Richard Rondeau trial, which began last Monday.
Court was told the young woman had been late several times last week and hadn't arrived in the courthouse Wednesday for the 10 a.m. start of the trial.
By 10:20 a.m., with the agreement of 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 jail while the other 11 jurors determined Rondeau's fate.
Chartier had the woman brought to the courtroom after the jury rendered its guilty verdict.
She was marched through the courtroom wearing handcuffs and her feet in shackles, and placed in the prisoner's box.
She immediately apologized to the court and the other jurors, explaining she had been up all night with a fever, severe cramps and vomiting and slept late into the morning.
When Chartier asked her why she was late several times last week, she said she had to take Winnipeg Transit to get to the courthouse and if she missed a bus, there was a long wait for another.
Chartier said he could have found the woman in contempt of court, sent her back to jail and imposed a fine, but he accepted her explanation, warning her she had to take greater responsibility for her actions.