Dar could end up in jail


Mon, November 1, 2004

JUST SIX weeks after being found guilty of public mischief for sending stalking letters to herself, a former Alberta politician returns to court today accused of breaching the terms of her conditional sentence. Dar Heatherington, a former member of Lethbridge city council, was sentenced on Sept. 10 to eight months of house arrest by Judge Peter Caffaro, to be followed by an additional 12 months under a strict 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew.

Caffaro said that during her house arrest she was only to leave the house for medical emergencies, to take her children to and from school, to do a little bit of shopping, to attend religious services and for treatment and counselling.

An off-duty officer twice spotted Heatherington, 41, off her property without the permission of her supervisor.

Lethbridge police say they've received numerous calls from the public who have spotted Heatherington in the community.

If she's found guilty of breach of probation, Heatherington could face jail time.

She first made headlines last year when she mysteriously vanished in Montana while on city business. She surfaced three days later in Las Vegas, saying she had been abducted and sexually assaulted. She was later charged with mischief.