Man admits crashing at Trudeau residence

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A military reservist who crashed his truck through a gate on the grounds where Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lives has pleaded guilty but says he did not intend to harm anyone despite being heavily armed.

Corey Hurren, a 46-year-old sausage-maker, pleaded guilty to seven weapons charges related to possession of prohibited or restricted firearms and one charge of mischief for damaging the $C128,000 gate.

Hurren drove a truck onto the Ottowa grounds of where Trudeau lives on July 2 last year and rammed through the gate.

He then set out on foot toward Rideau Cottage, where Trudeau and his family are living due to repairs needed at the prime minister's traditional official residence. Trudeau was not home at the time.

Police were able to talk Hurren down and arrested him peacefully after about 90 minutes.

In facts read to an Ottawa court on Friday, Hurren told police he did not intend to hurt anyone and only wanted to arrest Trudeau to make a statement about the federal government's COVID-19 restrictions and its ban on assault-style firearms.

Hurren, who told police he had not qualified for emergency aid benefits, was angry about losing his business and his guns. He believed Canada was turning into a communist state.

He will be sentenced on February 23.