The Montreal Gazette reports on Dennis Markuze. The headline is good.
Man charged with threatening people using social media — again
Yes exactly: again. He was charged with it before, he was released on condition that he not do it again, he did it again. A lot.
A Saint-Laurent man has been charged, again, with abusing social media to threaten people who express their views online.
Dennis Markuze, 40, faces three new charges, including one alleging he violated the conditions of a sentence he received in May for the same offence. He was also charged with threatening the Montreal police officer who was investigating claims from several of Markuze’s past victims. Those victims alleged that Markuze’s threats have intensified in recent months.
In May, Markuze received an 18-month suspended sentence after pleading guilty to uttering threats toward eight people he believed to be atheists. The court was told Markuze’s problems could be attributed to drug consumption, which caused him to believe he was “the Voice of God.” As part of his sentence, he was ordered to “abstain from participating in a social network, blog and discussion forum.” But during the summer, several people contacted The Gazette to report that Markuze appeared to be ignoring the court order.
Ignoring it as if it had never happened. Threat threat threat, threat threat threat threat threat threat.
Tim Farley told the cops this, and they said “what court order?”
But they get it now. They know there was a court order. They’re all over it.
Markuze appeared before a judge at the Montreal courthouse on Monday where he was released after agreeing to a series of conditions, including that he not communicate with Farley.