A 23-year-old senator’s wife charged with causing a disturbance and endangering an aircraft received a bittersweet anniversary gift from a Saskatoon judge.
Maygan Sensenberger was released from jail Monday, but told not to have contact with her husband, Rod Zimmer, a Manitoba senator. She is also prohibited from drinking alcohol and entering bars.
The provincial court judge who issued the ruling didn’t explain why Sensenberger is to stay away from her husband, who was also in court.
The couple, who married one year ago, made headlines last Thursday when Saskatoon police were called to meet a plane carrying a disruptive passenger.
The two were flying to Saskatoon from Ottawa when Zimmer experienced tightness in his chest. Sensenberger reacted by becoming upset.
Court records show police believe she uttered threats against her husband and threatened to take down the plane.
Fellow passenger Scott Wright, a former ambulance attendant, said he witnessed the couple arguing, but denied that any threats were made. Wright testified that Sensenberger seemed concerned about her husband’s medical condition.
He added that the 69-year-old Zimmer seemed to feel better after being given oxygen, but that Sensenberger remained upset.
Upon hearing the judge’s order, Sensenberger told the judge, “I don’t know what to do.”
She was told to take the process, “one step at a time.”
No one was injured in last week’s incident.
Sensenberger is set to appear in domestic violence court — which sometimes gives people a chance to enter a plea and receive treatment for a lesser sentence — on Tuesday at 9 a.m.
With Files from The Canadian Press