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Latest On Mabus–16 Charges For Online Threats

Global Montreal reports:

The Montreal man who had been wanted by police for allegedly making online death threats against people all over the world appeared in court on Friday to face 16 charges.

Known online as “David Mabus”, Dennis Markuze of St. Laurent has been charged with uttering death threats and for criminally harassing seven victims.

Two charges were laid against him Wednesday — and an additional 14 were added on Friday.

Markuze has been sent for a 30-day psychological evaluation at Montreal’s Pinel Institute and will appear in court again on Sept. 19.

Also at the link… it is a bit surreal to see a court artist’s rendition of Mabus. They appear to have replaced the sketch with a photo.

Comments

  1. DLC says

    I hope he gets some actual help. As Canada has a *real* health care system perhaps they won’t just warehouse him until he learns to answer the questions the right way.

  2. Cuttlefish says

    Nearly all the comments I’ve seen on this case have expressed the desire that he get real and useful help. The few “I hope he rots in jail” comments really stand out in contrast.

    It does bother me that much of the coverage describes him as a “spammer”; his spamming, while herculean, was not enough to cross the line. I think it is important that his activity be properly labeled; the man issued death threats. Yes, we eventually got used to them after the first hundred or so, but when I remember back to the first few I got, this was really upsetting. And, from what I hear from my mental health experts, it should have been. Death threats cross a bright line. This is not a fuzzy judgment call; this is a needed response to a serious situation. I’d say shame on us for taking so long… but we have tried! It is a poor system that does such a disservice to us, and to him.

  3. Cuttlefish says

    Anna–I looked, but could not find it, even in my cache. I wish I knew how to recover it–it was surreal, seeing him the way I have seen so many court cases presented on TV.

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