Man who illegally confined Anita Vandenbeld is spared from prison

In a victim impact statement filed in court, the Liberal MP detailed deep concern for her family following her ordeal on October 29, 2020.

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The man convicted of illegally confining Anita Vandenbeld was spared from prison and banned from being anywhere near the Ottawa West-Nepean deputy.

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Steven Potter will be on probation for scaring Vandenbeld on October 29, 2020.

In a victim impact statement presented in court, the Liberal MP detailed deep concern for her family after the ordeal.

In 2020, Potter believed the Liberal Party of Canada was using red cars to track his every move. To prove his surveillance conspiracy, he began filming red cars that he thought were following him.

The last time Potter did this was on October 29, 2020. That day, he saw a red Prius, so he followed it to a condominium parking lot. He then docked the Prius from behind with his own vehicle, got out and stood in front of the car just to film the terrified driver.

He didn’t recognize the Prius driver, who was so scared he asked a colleague – on the phone at the time – to call the Ottawa police.

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He took off and was captured within minutes by rapid response police.

It wasn’t until after his arrest that he learned that the driver – of all people – was Vandenbeld.

Potter was convicted earlier this month and sentenced last week. Ontario court judge Norm Boxall has given him a suspended sentence, meaning Potter can serve his criminal sentence on probation in the community.

After her conviction, Vandenbeld told this newspaper that she was relieved by the verdict.

Vandenbeld is an expert on democracy and a long-time advocate for women’s political rights around the world.

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