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Kelly Pflug-Back, 21, sits in Allan Gardens on June 25. The tent city in the park was part of protests over G20 weekend in Toronto. (The Globe and Mail/Anna Mehler Paperny/The Globe and Mail)
Kelly Pflug-Back, 21, sits in Allan Gardens on June 25. The tent city in the park was part of protests over G20 weekend in Toronto. (The Globe and Mail/Anna Mehler Paperny/The Globe and Mail)

Woman accused of G20 vandalism released on bail Add to ...

A woman police allege caused thousands of dollars in damage to downtown Toronto storefronts and a police vehicle during the G20 summit weekend was released on bail Thursday.

Kelly Pflug-Back, 21, slowly nodded her head when Ontario justice of the peace Lynette Stethem said she would be released on an $80,000 recognizance to the custody of her parents and live under strict house arrest at their home in Norwood, Ont.

Kelly Pflug-Back faces a total of 13 charges: eight counts of mischief over $5000, one count of conspiracy, one count of obstruction, one count of intimidation of a justice official, one count of wearing a disguise and one count of failure to comply.

Under the terms of her release, Ms. Pflug-Back is not allowed to have contact with members of Guelph activist group Sense of Security, with the exception of her fiance, Julian Ichim, whom she can see in the presence of one of her parents.

Ms. Pflug-Back is also not allowed to have contact with her co-accused on the conspiracy charge and isn't allowed to access Facebook under the terms of her release.

Ms. Pflug-Back, dressed in a prison-issued green sweatshirt and sweatpants, listened intently to the proceedings Thursday, but appeared tired and more subdued than in previous appearances.

Her mother, Ursula Pflug, father Doug Back, fiance Mr. Ichim and friends filled two courtroom benches.

After Ms. Pflug-Back's release, her parents declined to speak to media, but defence lawyer Steve Gehl said they are “delighted” about her release.

“They understand the obligations they've undertaken, and as persons of integrity they wish to convey they will honour their word,” Mr. Gehl said.

Toronto Police Detective Sergeant Gary Giroux said it was “disappointing” Ms. Pflug-Back was released, but her strict bail conditions will ensure police can keep tabs on her.

“Our obligation is to prevent her from committing offences in the future and I think if she complies with bail, there won't be any further offences committed,” he said.

Ms. Pflug-Back saluted her family, fiance and friends when she was released at the College Park courthouse.

“I'm happy to be out,” she said. “I'm happy to be back with my family.”

Ms. Pflug-Back turned herself in to police in Peterborough, Ont. July 21, just hours after Toronto police announced she was wanted on six charges of mischief over $5,000 at a news conference.

The evidence presented at Ms. Pflug-Back's bail hearing is covered by a publication ban.

Ms. Pflug-Back will appear again in court Aug. 23.



















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