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Woman thanks judge for jail time


 BRIDGEWATER - It doesn't happen often, but a Bridgewater woman thanked a judge last week for sending her to jail.

 Forty-nine-year-old Rachel Robitaille appeared in Bridgewater provincial court March 4 after spending a month in custody. Judge Anne Crawford had denied her bail after Ms Robitaille was charged with a fifth breach of probation since October.

 Facing sentencing on those five allegations and one count of theft, Ms Robitaille told the judge she wouldn't want to do it again, but she was glad she went to jail.

 "It may have saved my life," Ms Robitaille said. "It really was a wake-up call."

 Ms Robitaille has a long-standing problem with alcohol. All of the probation breaches involved consuming alcohol or Listerine in October, again in November, twice in December and on February 5.

 Judge Crawford ordered Ms Robitaille to serve three months on house arrest as part of an eight-month conditional sentence. During that time, she's to stay clear of alcohol and drinking establishments.



posted on 03/10/09
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