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He's being sentenced again

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He's being sentenced again

#1 Postby Athena » February 5th, 2015, 6:18 pm


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Re: He's being sentenced again

#2 Postby Alan H » February 5th, 2015, 8:22 pm

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Re: He's being sentenced again

#3 Postby Alan H » June 5th, 2015, 12:10 am

Man who made threats over social networks ordered to follow treatment with psychiatrist
A St-Laurent man with mental health problems who admitted he has threatened several people over the Internet because he disagreed with their atheistic opinions has received a sentence that requires him to follow psychiatric treatment for three years.

Dennis Markuze’s inability to control his impulses was evident during a sentence hearing at the Montreal courthouse on Wednesday. While the psychiatrist was testifying for the defence, Markuze could be heard laughing at what his doctor said and uttered the word “bulls–t” at least once.

“I know he’s going to be upset at some of the stuff I’ve said in court today,” said Trent Semeniuk, a psychiatrist at the Jewish General Hospital who has been treating Markuze since 2013, or shortly after his second arrest since 2011 for harassing people through social networks and uttering threats. Semeniuk told Quebec Court Judge Jean-Pierre Boyer he believes Markuze suffers from a delusional disorder and “his beliefs are not grounded in reality.” He said Markuze’s problems date back to childhood and that he had been an outpatient at the Jewish General for a decade before 2013.

A series of strict conditions that will accompany the sentence were laid out by prosecutor Sylvie Dulude, who noted Markuze failed to respect another suspended sentence he received in 2012. He was first arrested in August 2011 after more than 300 people signed an online petition demanding that the Montreal police finally do something about a person who called himself David Mabus (an alias Markuze has admitted to using) while making threats through social networks for years. The petition stated that “(a)nyone who associates with scientifically and skeptically minded people is likely to become a target for unsettling rants and threats to their life and well-being.” Markuze targeted people who expressed scientific views doubting the existence of God. Almost a year later, Markuze pleaded guilty to eight counts of uttering threats. In one threat Markuze wrote “Die f—ing atheists. I will cut your heads off.” In another he wrote to Timothy Farley, an American who runs an online educational forum: “Farley you die today.”

Before his first sentence expired, Farley, one of the eight victims in that case, filed another complaint with the Montreal police reporting that Markuze was harassing him again through social media. The complaint was investigated, Markuze was arrested and, at one point, he told the arresting officer: “You bitch. The same thing will happen to you like what happened to the (World Trade Center) twin towers in 9/11.”

In May last year, Markuze pleaded guilty to violating his probation, harassing Farley and to threatening the police officer who arrested him. Then, in April and February this year, he sent Dulude emails arguing he doesn’t believe he committed any crime because of his right to free speech.

Semeniuk agreed the emails, sent without the knowledge of Markuze’s lawyer Robert Bellefeuille, showed “bad judgment.”

When asked whether Markuze might represent a threat to society, Semeniuk said he has seen no warning signs while treating Markuze on a monthly basis.

“I’m relatively confident he wouldn’t be violent,” Semeniuk said. As was stated during his first case, Markuze becomes agitated when he uses drugs like cocaine and marijuana. The psychiatrist said Markuze has since received “a fair amount of of therapy and received a fair amount of help” toward dealing with his drug abuse.

Markuze told the judge he has taken part in 225 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and attended 52 group therapy sessions on top of doing 200 hours of community service working with the elderly.

As the sentence hearing neared its end, Markuze admitted: “I’ve said some things I shouldn’t have said.” This prompted Dulude to let out a very sarcastic “Really?!” while holding the emails Markuze sent her for emphasis.

“I’ve never heard you say that before,” she said.

Boyer said he was impressed by Semeniuk’s testimony and agreed with almost all of the conditions the prosecutor asked for.

“He’s a good doctor. You should stick with him,” the judge said at one point.

Markuze’s suspended sentence includes three years of probation during which he is required to follow treatment with Semeniuk and to take any medication prescribed to him. He is also forbidden to communicate with Farley through the Internet, Twitter or other forms of social media. He is also not allowed to communicate with anyone who is part of the same educational forum as Farley.
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Re: He's being sentenced again

#4 Postby Dave B » June 5th, 2015, 9:12 am

What are the chances he can or will conform withe the sentence without, er, persuasion one wonders.
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Re: He's being sentenced again

#5 Postby Alan H » June 5th, 2015, 11:33 am

Who knows, but hopefully he will, finally, get the help he most obviously needs.
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Re: He's being sentenced again

#6 Postby Dave B » June 5th, 2015, 12:26 pm

There is that.
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