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The lawyer for a grandmother and aunt charged within the abduction of two Cochrane ladies is irate his purchasers had been launched from custody late Thursday into frigid temperatures and with no experience.
Defence counsel Balfour Der mentioned Friday the grandmother and her daughter had been launched on bail into sub-freezing temperatures after 9 p.m. with out being granted entry to a telephone and with out overcoats.
Der mentioned the pair needed to stroll from the Calgary Remand Centre at 12200 85 Avenue N.W. to a fuel station at 8650 112 Avenue N.W., a distance of roughly 1.5 km.
“They went to a Shell station in Royal Oak,” mentioned Der, who earlier on Thursday efficiently utilized for his or her launch on bail.
“The household had been ready for the telephone name to go choose them up. I’ve completely in all my years by no means heard of the remand centre not permitting an inmate to have a telephone name to rearrange for a experience.”
Der mentioned when the mom and daughter had been arrested in B.C. on April 14, their property, together with cell telephones, would have been seized by police.
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“They inform them at 10 o’clock at night time, ‘Exit and discover your individual means,’ (with) no cash, in all probability, of their pockets, or something.”
Therese O’Driscoll, 68, and Alison O’Driscoll, face 4 fees every in reference to the disappearance of the previous’s granddaughters on March 12, shortly after a Calgary decide granted the women’ father interim sole custody.
They had been arrested in B.C. on April 14 and the women returned to their father.
Der mentioned his purchasers had been solely dressed for indoor situations once they had been advised they must go away the jail in northwest Calgary with out transportation.
He mentioned earlier than stepping exterior in -8C temperatures and falling snow, they requested if they might name somebody to come back choose them up.
“They had been advised that there isn’t any telephone to make use of,” Der mentioned.
For a brief interval, they stood in a lobby between the internal and outer doorways earlier than a voice came visiting the intercom saying, “I do know it sucks, however you’ve acquired to depart.”
Der mentioned they had been fortunate sufficient to get to the Shell station earlier than it closed and the attendant allowed them to make use of a telephone, nevertheless it was a harrowing stroll alongside a rural roadway to get there.
Solicitor Common spokeswoman Katherine Thompson mentioned telephones are offered to inmates once they’re being launched.
“Telephones can be found within the admit and discharge space, as is a phone in the primary foyer entrance the place the inmate is launched,” Thompson mentioned in an e-mail.
The discharge coverage is jackets, toques and gloves are additionally offered to inmates with insufficient apparel, she mentioned.
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