Guilty of ut­ter­ing threats

The Western Star - - Front Page - BY DIANE CROCKER THE WEST­ERN STAR dcrocker@thewest­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_DianeCrocker

A Deer Lake busi­ness­man plead guilty to ut­ter­ing threats when he made a stand against his bully

Af­ter what he de­scribed as years of bul­ly­ing, a Deer Lake busi­ness­man re­solved to con­front the man and tell him he would ac­cept it no more.

So on May 3, Philip Roy Whalen, 68, went to the younger man’s place of work.

He had a knife with him that day and threat­ened to stab the man in the stom­ach and neck.

That in­ci­dent re­sulted in him be­ing charged with ut­ter­ing threats to cause death or bod­ily harm.

Whalen en­tered a guilty plea to the charge dur­ing an ap­pear­ance in pro­vin­cial court in Cor­ner Brook on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

When given an op­por­tu­nity to speak, Whalen said the ver­bal abuse by the man oc­curred re­peat­edly at an an­nual so­cial event they both at­tended.

Whalen said when the man drinks he be­comes an “ob­nox­ious, ag­gres­sive bully and feels free to bully him at will.”

Af­ter en­dur­ing it for 5-6 years, Whalen said it did noth­ing for his self-es­teem and that is why he de­cided to con­front the man.

“To tell him that I had been fin­ished with ac­cept­ing all his ridicule, his in­sults, his bar­rage of in­sults and all the rest of the bull­shit that he went on.”

He said he told the man he brought the knife with him just to make sure he paid at­ten­tion.

Whalen ad­mit­ted that dur­ing the course of the con­ver­sa­tion his lan­guage got out of con­trol and, in a rant, did say if it con­tin­ued he would end up with a knife in his neck and he’d prob­a­bly be the one to put it there. He said he told him: “So for Je­sus sake, smarten up, mend your ways, so ev­ery­body could move on.”

The Crown sug­gested a sus­pended sen­tence with 12 months pro­ba­tion. Con­di­tions of the sen­tence in­clude that he not have any con­tact with the younger man and that he par­tic­i­pate in any coun­selling rec­om­mended by his pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer.

His lawyer, Jim Goudie, said the Crown’s sug­ges­tion was an ap­pro­pri­ate one and asked the court to agree to it.

Judge Wayne Gor­man granted the re­quest. He told Whalen the threat was a very se­ri­ous one, even it he didn’t in­tend to carry it out, and the pos­ses­sion of a knife at the time adds to the se­ri­ous­ness of the of­fence.

Based on the back­ground pro­vided by Whalen, Gor­man said it was un­der­stand­able that he would want to speak with the man.

In ad­di­tion to the pro­ba­tion, Whalen must make a $250 do­na­tion to a food bank and pay a vic­tim fine sur­charge of $100 to the court.

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