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Psych evaluation sought

Colin Dacre

UPDATE 3:30 p.m.

The woman accused of barging into an Osoyoos home this week with a knife wearing a wig and gloves, declaring she “just wanted to see the baby” has been held in custody following her first court appearance Friday afternoon.

Defence lawyer James Pennington asked for a NCR (not-criminally responsible) mental-health assessment to be completed on Sharon Constance Forner.

The defence consented to have Forner held in custody for at least 30 days so the assessment can take place at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Port Coquitlam.

Forner appeared visibly distraught throughout the proceeding, weeping and showing considerable emotional distress on her face.

Her next appearance will be Sept. 5.

- Colin Dacre


ORIGINAL 12:30 p.m.

Police have laid charges after a stranger broke into an Osoyoos home wielding a knife, asking to see the homeowner's baby.

Sharon Constance Forner, 45, faces charges of assault with a weapon, break and enter to commit an indictable offence, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

The charges stem from an incident Wednesday, when a stranger entered a home on 78th Avenue in Osoyoos with a large knife and asked the female homeowner to see her seven-week-old child.

The mother was able to defend herself and push the intruder outside, as shown on surveillance footage.

"Let's hope she gets locked up, or I won't feel safe at my house anymore," the shaken mother told Castanet.

Forner was arrested by RCMP on Thursday.

She has a criminal record dating back to 2009, with previous convictions for theft under $5,000, driving under the influence and breach of probation.

Forner is appearing in Penticton court this afternoon, and Castanet will update after that hearing.

– with files from Alanna Kelly



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