Sen­tenc­ing set over for woman who made bomb threat against Ball

The Compass - - Classified - Edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.”

COM­PASS FILE PHOTO

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.

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