A 19 year-old Canadian woman faked the theft of her boyfriend's computer to stop him downloading porn.
Jealous Erin Stairs was given a suspended sentence and probation when she appeared in a provincial court on Monday.
Defence lawyer Rick Cove had argued that Stairs was doing all she could to protect her relationship. "When her boyfriend frequented the porn sites, she dealt with it by getting the computer out of the house," he said.
Stairs apparently called on some friends to help her make it look like her home had been broken into in a violent burglary. One of them even slapped her so that she had bruises to show the police.
But the 'friends' got a little too enthusiastic and stole the television, 60 CDs, jewellery and other property.
Judge Patricia Cumming told Stairs that removing the PC would not solve the problem. "Taking the computer is not going to take away his ability to frequent the sites," she said.
Fabricating a home invasion and then allowing a police investigation to continue did not help Stairs's case, the judge said.
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