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.
There’s quite a bit more at the link, but for me, the most hopeful thing is that the system seems to actually be caring about people, both Markuze and his victims.
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.
Here’s hoping it’s all over.