Judge wants harsher sentence for teen pimp

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Tony Spears, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:13 PM ET

TORONTO — An Ottawa judge made the unusual move of suggesting a harsher sentence for a teenage girl pimp than the one proposed in a plea deal struck between Crown and defence.

"I'm considering a sentence higher than the joint position," Judge Diane Lahaie said in French. "At the moment, I see the appropriate punishment as being between two and three years."

Her departure from the joint position is unusual, but not unheard of.

Judges are not bound to accept joint positions, and accused people are routinely warned of that fact before they enter guilty pleas.

In this case, Lahaie appeared to believe the proposed deal — which would amount to a sentence equivalent to about a year in custody – was too lax compared to another plea deal worked out with the 18-year-old's co-accused.

The two girls had been on trial with a 17-year-old alleged ringleader, but they entered surprise pleas in September as the evidence against them mounted.


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