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A man who admitted yesterday he used spike belts to disable cars driven by women travelling alone at night also carried a creepy collection of tools in his trunk, including a meat saw.

Frederick Alex Hunchak, 35, of Foam Lake, Sask., pleaded guilty to three counts of mischief causing willful damage.

Crown prosecutor Matthew Miazga dropped a criminal-harassment charge at what was to have been the start of Mr. Hunchak's preliminary hearing.

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The women were all blond and in their mid-20s.

Mr. Miazga said he came to see the labourer as more of a confused figure than as a sinister person.

"He's just very unsophisticated and I think the explanation he presented was that this was his way of trying to get some social contact with young women," Mr. Miazga said.

"I think he just really didn't understand this is not the way to go about finding your life partner."

Mr. Hunchak also pleaded guilty to careless storage of a firearm and to possessing oversize gun clips.

Other things found in his trunk included duct tape, rope, a meat saw, spare tires and spotlights.

Judge Dolores Ebert placed Mr. Hunchak on probation and gave him a two-year suspended sentence on the mischief charges.

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She fined him $300 on the firearms charge and $250 for possessing the gun clips.

Defence lawyer Tony Orlowski refused to comment on the reduced charges.

Mr. Orlowski agreed with the Crown's assessment of his client.

"Mr. Mr. Hunchak was just someone who is somewhat mentally challenged and was simply doing this in order that he could come to the rescue of these women."

The farmhand admitted to placing a spike belt across a lonely stretch of the Yellowhead Highway about 200 kilometres east of Saskatoon.

The court heard that Mr. Hunchak made three attempts in the fall of 1998 to lure women out of their cars after using the belt to flatten their tires.

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Mr. Hunchak was arrested Feb.12 following a joint investigation by several RCMP detachments.

During a search of his home police discovered homemade spike belts, a cache of weapons and a large collection of pornography.

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