The woman who had been booby-trapping a North Shore biking trail has been sentenced to three years probation and 150 hours of community service.
64-year-old Tina (Tineke) Kraal had initially pleaded guilty to mischief.
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.”
Prior to her sentencing today, she apologized for her actions and says she never intended to harm anyone.