Church worker held captive

| November 18, 2010

A Winnipeg woman has been found not criminally responsible for holding a church worker captive at knifepoint.

The woman had been charged with robbery with a weapon and forcible confinement following an incident at the Springs of Living Water Church last May.

“It’s clear she suffers from certain psychiatric conditions which caused her to commit this crime,” Crown attorney Melinda Murray told Judge Wanda Garreck at a sentencing hearing Tuesday.

Court heard the woman confronted a church clerk and demanded to see the pastor.

When the clerk told her she would have to make an appointment, the woman pulled out a knife, held it to the clerk’s throat, and demanded $1,600.

Police arrived a short time later and shocked the woman with a Taser.

The woman told police she had planned to stab the pastor in the chest.

“She said she needed money to pay her bills and was tired of the pastor preaching she needed more faith,” Murray said.

According to a psychiatric report, the woman suffered from hallucinations and voices commanding her to kill the pastor, court heard.

The woman remains in custody pending an appearance before the Criminal Code Review Board, which will assess a plan for her release.

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