Surprise guilty plea in Osoyoos home invasion

Surprise guilty plea in Osoyoos home invasion

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Dale Boyd
Aberdeen Publishing

A woman accused of breaking in to an Osoyoos home with a child and newborn baby inside while wielding a knife entered a surprise guilty plea Friday.

Sharon Constance Forner, 45, pleaded guilty to one count of breaking and entering to commit an indictable offence (assault) in provincial court in Penticton on April 12.

On Aug. 8, 2018, Forner, wearing a dark wig, flip-flops and yellow dish washing gloves, knocked on the door and eventually entered a home on 78th Ave. asking to see the home owner’s new baby. After she was asked to leave, Forner re-entered brandishing a “large butcher’s knife, wielding it above her head,” said Crown counsel Ann Lerchs.

Forner was spotted acting strangely by the victim on a home surveillance video, which captures Forner slowly approaching, then entering the residence twice. The video also depicts Forner being shoved out of the residence by the victim after attempting to enter a second time with a knife.

“(The victim) was at home alone with her newborn baby and her four-year-old daughter,” Lerchs said.

Crown said the victim had reportedly seen Forner prior to the incident. She was trying to make friends with her dog at the fence line, and at one point said “I see you’ve had your baby.”

A friend of Forner’s told the RCMP they had become “increasingly concerned with Ms. Forner’s heavy drinking,” Lerchs said. “That she had recently commented about alcohol ruining her life and marriage, and something about losing a child.”

Forner, who is in custody, responded only with “yes,” entering her guilty plea during her appearance Friday. Forner was scheduled to head to trial in Supreme Court prior to her plea Friday.

Forner is scheduled to return to court on May 8 to confirm the completion of a pre-sentence report including a psychiatric evaluation.

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