Toronto judge lets “crane girl” off the hook
Judge Richard Blouin refused to convict Marisa Lazo on any of the 6 counts of mischief she was facing
By Steve Payne
Last April, we reported on the crane-climbing adventure of Marisa Lazo, a 23-year old George Brown College architecture student. In the wee hours of April 26, Ms Lazo decided to climb up a 100-metre tall crane on a construction site at Church and Wellesley, Toronto.
After taking some selfies out on the boom, Ms Lazo apparently slipped. She slid all the way down the steel cable to the hook block, where she became stuck, 45 metres above the ground.
After a well-publicized dawn rescue by Toronto firefighters, Lazo was charged with six counts of public mischief.
Now, a Toronto judge has given her an absolute discharge following her statements in court Dec. 29, in which she said that anxiety, insomnia and heavy drinking had plagued her recently – and she wanted to “feel more alive” through the crane prank.
The judge said that an absolute discharge for Lazo was the most appropriate decision he could make, since a conviction or a suspended sentence would leave her with a criminal record, hampering her future prospects and her attempted return to full mental health.
For the full story, see the National Post here.
For Alec Caldwell’s editorial from last April, see here.