Can said he couldn’t refuse the request from Martinez-Jurado, even though he knew what he was doing was illegal.
Pair pleads guilty to trying to smuggle in tot's dad
TWO Canadian citizens have pleaded guilty to trying to smuggle a Mexican man into Canada so he could be reunited with his young son.
Cynthia Martinez-Jurado and Matias Can both admitted to charges of aiding and abetting Tuesday and were given $500 fines and permanent criminal records.
Martinez-Jurado is a single mother who was living in Winnipeg and desperately wanted to bring the father of her four-year-old boy into the country. She enlisted the help of Can, a long-time family friend who lives in Ontario, court was told.
The pair drove to Montana, where the boy's father was living illegally. The trio then drove to the Canada-U.S. border, dropped the man off on the North Dakota side and picked him up on the Manitoba side near the tiny hamlet of Haskett after he snuck into the country on foot.
Police arrested all three last summer after conducting surveillance and spotting their "suspicious" vehicle in the Winkler-area, court was told. Martinez-Jurado and Can were charged and released on bail, while the woman's illegal boyfriend was deported back to Mexico.
"I'm really sorry for what I did. I'm sure as a woman you understand what I did. I wanted nothing else but to have my family together," a tearful Martinez-Jurado told provincial court Judge Judith Elliott.
Can said he couldn't refuse the request from Martinez-Jurado, even though he knew it was illegal.
Crown attorney Stephen Christie sought a $5,000 fine but no custody for either accused. Defence lawyer David Matas told court Martinez-Jurado and Can are in dire financial straits and can't afford to pay much.
Martinez-Jurado and Can had no prior criminal records but will now likely have a difficult time travelling outside of Canada because of their convictions.