Gun Charges withdrawn and No Jail — R. v. N.F.

N.F. was charged with possession of a prohibited firearm after an argument at a house party.  It was alleged that the co-accused threatened to shoot one of the partygoers with a gun that was in the possession of N.F.  When police attended at the scene, they found a handgun near the house in N.F.’s bag. N.F. said she took the gun out of the house to prevent the co-accused from acting on his threat.  On the day of trial, the co-accused, faced with the prospect of N.F.’s defence of necessity, admitted that it was his gun and pleaded guilty. N.F.’s charge was withdrawn and, with it, the prospect of going to jail.