Man pleads guilty in drug-fu­elled rampage

Simcoe Reformer - - FRONT PAGE - MONTE SONNENBERG MSon­nen­berg@post­

A Nor­folk man who broke into a home and ter­ror­ized a Sil­ver Hill fam­ily last fall will be sen­tenced next month.

Mitchell Gee, 36, of Sil­ver Hill, pleaded guilty at the Nor­folk County court­house this week to break and en­ter to com­mit ar­son. He will re­port for sen­tenc­ing Oct. 24.

Jus­tice Kevin Sher­wood heard Thurs­day that the de­fen­dant was un­der the in­flu­ence of metham­phetamine on the af­ter­noon of last Oct. 18 when he com­mit­ted a se­ries of crimes in the Sil­ver Hill area.

The most se­ri­ous in­volved break­ing into the home of a fam­ily on Char­lot­teville Road 8, near the in­ter­sec­tion of Forestry Farm Road.

As­sis­tant Crown at­tor­ney Gra­cie Ro­mano said the ac­cused – who was naked -- ob­tained a pair of scis­sors in­side the home and tried to at­tack the oc­cu­pants.

Be­fore the oc­cu­pants va­cated the house, a man grabbed a club and hit Gee over the head. After the oc­cu­pants left, Ro­mano said Gee stabbed him­self in the torso and in the head with the scis­sors.

The in­ci­dent prompted a mas­sive po­lice re­sponse. The area around the crime scene was cor­doned off and traf­fic re-routed. A pumper truck from Nor­folk Fire and Res­cue at­tended the scene in case there was a fire, which there was.

Ro­mano told the court that Gee shrouded him­self in a blan­ket in the home he broke into and then backed into flames from a kitchen stove. It was then that po­lice stormed the res­i­dence and took Gee into cus­tody.

“They (the oc­cu­pants) be­lieved they would be stabbed when he grabbed a pair of scis­sors,” Ro­mano told the court.

“They re­ported he had been rant­ing and rav­ing. The back door was bro­ken in and there was blood ev­ery­where.”

Gee also is charged with un­law­ful en­try, three counts of mis­chief un­der $ 5,000 and fail­ure to com­ply with an un­der­tak­ing. Those charges have yet to be ad­dressed.

The judge has re­quested a pre­sen­tence re­port.

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