Sus­pect threat­ened Crown

Toronto Sun - - NEWS - SAM PAZZANO

As­sis­tant Crown At­tor­ney Matthew Shumka was in a Scar­bor­ough court­room pros­e­cut­ing Randy Pot­tinger for a vi­o­lent home in­va­sion on Jan. 18 when the ca­reer crim­i­nal bran­dished a photo into his view.

It was an im­age of him and his wife, fam­ily lawyer Chris­tine Ash­bourne.

The ges­ture had a sole pur­pose: In­tim­i­date Shumka by threat­en­ing “the safety of the per­son I love above all,” said the Crown-turned-vic­tim, read­ing his im­pact state­ment at Pot­tinger’s sentencing hear­ing for crim­i­nal ha­rass­ment Thurs­day.

“I still re­call the fear and anger that coursed through me. I was ap­palled by the un­bri­dled ar­ro­gance on dis­play,” said Shumka.

Both he and his wife ad­mit­ted to suf­fer­ing sleep­less nights.

Pringle will pass sen­tence on June 22.

POT­TINGER Ha­rass­ment

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