Senator's wife allowed to contact husband she's accused of threatening on plane
The woman accused of threatening her husband, Manitoba
Liberal Senator Rod Zimmer, and causing a disturbance on an Air Canada flight
from Ottawa to Saskatoon can now contact Zimmer, but not in
Maygan Sensenberger's case has been adjourned until Sept. 18 when she's expected to enter a plea.
The 23-year-old was charged after her flight landed in Saskatoon last Thursday. She was released on Monday, but a no contact order, which is automatic in all domestic violence matters, prevented her from contacting her husband.
However after some deliberations, Crown Prosecutor Matthew Miazga agreed to change the no contact order to allow Sensenberger and Zimmer to contact each other only by phone, text, email or other electronic device, or through a member of a law society.
Defense lawyer Leslie Sullivan argued Zimmer did not instigate the charges, and isn't concerned about his safety around Sensenberger.
She also said the couple is "very close" not only romantically but as good friends, and that the Senator wants to support his wife.
That's despite witness accounts alleging Sensenberger loudly threatened to slit her husband's throat during the flight.
Miazga told the court it is those allegations that lead to the threat charge.
While no formal pleas were entered, Sullivan alluded that Sensenberger would be pleading not guilty to the threat charge.
Miazga wouldn't speak specifically about the case, but said those who plead guilty in domestic violence court enter a treatment program.
"But if you come from another province, programming is going to be very difficult to arrange," Miazga said.
Sullivan declined to answer any questions about the case.
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