King's Head Tavern vandal wants more jail time
Angeline Toutsaint said she deserved five months.
Toutsaint, 67, initially told court she was too drunk to remember tossing a bottle through the front window of the King’s Head Tavern. She later admitted she intentionally broke the window so she could dry out in jail rather than spend her nights at the Main Street Project, her only home for the past 10 years.
“That’s why I put myself in here,” Toutsaint told Judge Kelly Moar.
Court heard Toutsaint has a criminal record dating back to 1977 and has been arrested at least 50 times for public intoxication.
“You can’t continue to act out in this manner,” Moar said. “You’ve caused damages of over $500 to an establishment that now has to fix it and absorb the cost.”
“I should get five months then,” Toutsaint replied.
Moar said such a long sentence wouldn’t be “fitting to the offence” and ordered she spend another 30 days in custody.
“That’s peanuts,” Toutsaint said in apparent frustration. “I could do that standing on my head.”
Toutsaint said she wants help for her alcohol addiction. She said she has tried accessing residential treatment programs but the waiting lists are too long.
During a discussion about her background, Toutsaint told court she moved to Winnipeg 30 years ago from Saskatchewan.
“Why did you come to Winnipeg?” Moar asked her.
“Because the beer was cheaper,” she said.