R. v. D.
Ms. D. was charged with aggravated assault and wanted bail. An aggravating factor in the decision was that the allegation involved the victim being stabbed with a pair of scissors. The chances of Ms. D. being granted bail was further hindered by her lengthy record for related offences.
Despite these hurdles, Ms. Bristow pointed out, though still a fact to be proven at trial, that the allegations showed a real possibility that Ms. D. was acting in self-defence. Further, Ms. Bristow, with the assistance of two sureties, put together an excellent plan of supervision. This plan did not interfere with her taking care of her grandchildren and bringing them to school.
After a lengthy bail hearing, the Justice of the Peace agreed that Ms. Bristow had proposed a reasonable form of release and Ms. D was released.
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