Street preachers to plead not guilty, pledge Charter application

Two men arrested near campus in January appeared in court Thursday morning

Ravbar and Carapella to plead not guilty to causing a disturbance.

Street preachers Matthew Carapella and Steven Ravbar, arrested on Queen’s campus for causing a disturbance on Jan. 23, appeared in the Ontario Court of Justice in Kingston on Thursday morning.

Kingston Police arrested Ravbar and Carapella in January after they stood at the corner of University Ave. and Earl St. and sexually harassed women as they walked by, calling them “whores” and telling them they should wear “long, loose-fitting skirts.”

Before stating their intention to plead not guilty, the two men were paged into the courtroom, Carapella in the same orange and green plaid coat he was arrested in and Ravbar in a black coat.

Ravbar began by telling the court the two men had decided against legal representation, opting to represent themselves. Ravbar also said he expected to have disclosure—a copy of the evidence the prosecution plans to use in the case—sent to him.

The Crown explained that disclosure requests need to be submitted, and since Ravbar and Carapella said they were self-representing, this also meant they would need to pick up the disclosure in person.

When asked if they had decided how they want to plea, Ravbar was the one to speak for the pair. “We’re pleading not guilty,” he said.

Ravbar tried to quietly consult with Carapella, who had only spoken to state his name for the record, about which dates would be best for them to appear for a pretrial. After some deliberation, a pretrial was scheduled for March 10.

Before the two exited court, Ravbar announced the two men’s intention to put forth a Charter application. He was uncertain of the process of filing for an application, however, and requested guidance from the judge.

The court clerk cut him off, stating he was not allowed to ask the judge for legal advice.

After confirming the date for pretrial, Ravbar and Carapella were dismissed and left the courtroom.

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