Tineke Kraal, the 64-year-old North Vancouver woman, who pleaded guilty to setting traps for mountain bikes on several trails on the North Shore, has been sentenced to three years probation and 150 community service hours.
Kraal’s lawyer, Martin Peters says his client is genuinely remorseful for what she did.
“She meant to slow people down; she meant to cause a bit of trouble for the mountain-bikers, but she didn’t mean to endanger anyone. Obviously the mountain-bike community felt they were endangered, and that was certainly not her intention.”
Peters wanted a conditional discharge, the crown wanted house arrest.
She was caught when two mountain bikers installed security cameras after they noticed weekly obstructions on the trails.
The Crown’s Mark Myhre says it’s thanks to the bikers who set up cameras, catching Tina Kraal in the act, that she was caught at all.
“I mean, without them, those logs would still be placed up there, and I’m just happy they put a stop to it.”
Before her sentencing, Kraal was given a chance to address the court, and offered an apology.
“I never meant to hurt anybody,” she said.