Sentencing set over for woman who made bomb threat against Ball
A woman found guilty of calling in a bomb threat while Dwight Ball campaigned in Placentia will wait a few more weeks to hear what sort of sentence she can expect to receive.
Dorothy Carnell, 53, was present at the Placentia courthouse Wednesday morning. During her previous appearance two months ago, Judge Bruce Short found her guilty on all charges — uttering threats to cause death to Ball, conveying false information by reporting to police there was a bomb, causing public mischief, and uttering threats to damage or destroy property.
A pre-sentencing report was ordered at that time, and lawyers were supposed to present to Short their arguments for sentencing on Wednesday. However, due to a personal matter, Carnell’s lawyer had not been able to go over the report with Carnell. Short agreed Wednesday to set over the case until the next Placentia circuit court date on June 7.
The Placentia Mall was evacuated Nov. 14, 2015 after local RCMP was notified about a bomb threat. Ball, who is now the premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, was campaigning there with local Liberal candidate Sherry Gambin-Walsh at the time of the incident.
Carnell was caught on security footage at a payphone in the Placentia Mall at the same time a call was made reporting the bomb threat. Carnell denied calling police, though the phone number linked to the payphone was found to match the one traced to the call.
During the trial, a recording of the phone call was played. When asked why the caller left a bomb in the mall, the caller said, “I just don’t like Dwight Ball.”
Dorothy Carnell of Placentia was found guilty earlier this year of calling in a bomb threat while Dwight Ball campaigned in a local mall back in 2015.