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Bomb threat Romeo jailed, ordered to pay $89,100

Charlottetown police Sgt. Dave Pound speaks on the phone while the Walmart store is taped off behind him during a bomb scare at the retailer on Aug. 2 in Charlottetown.
Charlottetown police Sgt. Dave Pound speaks on the phone while the Walmart store is taped off behind him during a bomb scare at the retailer on Aug. 2 in Charlottetown.

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — A P.E.I. man who called in a bomb threat to Walmart in Charlottetown because he wanted his girlfriend to get the day off was sentenced to 60 days in jail and ordered to pay $89,100 in restitution.

Logan Richard Arsenault, 19, appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court in Charlottetown Friday after previously pleading guilty to calling in the bomb threat.

In handing down the sentence, Orr said we don’t live in a society where that type of behaviour is considered a joke.

“It’s never been a joke,” she said.

Arsenault used a payphone in Stratford on Aug. 2 to call in the bomb threat, saying he knew people who worked at the store and they needed to get out.

The store was evacuated and closed for about six hours while Charlottetown police, an RCMP explosives unit, Island EMS and firefighters responded.

Walmart initially estimated it lost about $100,000 in sales.

Arsenault told the police his girlfriend worked at the store and wanted her to get the day off.

The court heard that relationship has since ended.

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Defence lawyer Yolande Murphy said Arsenault has been dealing with mental health issues and had been prescribed anti-depressants he wasn’t taking consistently.

Arsenault was also using drugs and drinking, although he hadn’t that day.

“He was not in a good place this time,” she said.

After the incident, Arsenault was involuntarily admitted to Hillsborough Hospital where he spent 35 days.

Orr said when people make bomb threats the police don’t have any option but to take them seriously.

“We have had bombs that have actually gone off,” she said.

Referring to Arsenault’s comments to the police, Orr said it was “close to incomprehensible” someone could call in a bomb threat to get his girlfriend off work.

Along with the jail time, Arsenault will be on probation for three years and is banned from going within 500 metres of Walmart in Charlottetown.

Orr ordered Arsenault to pay $89,100 in restitution under a section of the Criminal Code of Canada that allows Walmart to file a civil judgment against him.

That means it could allow for an order to garnishee his wages or other measures to recover that amount.

Orr said anyone who acts like Arsenault did should understand there will be consequences and it’s not a matter of whether or not they can afford to pay.

“If you can’t afford to pay then don’t do it,” she said.

Arsenault must also write an apology letter and pay a $200 victim surcharge.

 

Ryan.Ross@tc.tc

Twitter.com/ryanrross

Logan Richard Arsenault, 19, appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court in Charlottetown Friday after previously pleading guilty to calling in the bomb threat.

In handing down the sentence, Orr said we don’t live in a society where that type of behaviour is considered a joke.

“It’s never been a joke,” she said.

Arsenault used a payphone in Stratford on Aug. 2 to call in the bomb threat, saying he knew people who worked at the store and they needed to get out.

The store was evacuated and closed for about six hours while Charlottetown police, an RCMP explosives unit, Island EMS and firefighters responded.

Walmart initially estimated it lost about $100,000 in sales.

Arsenault told the police his girlfriend worked at the store and wanted her to get the day off.

The court heard that relationship has since ended.

RELATED: Man wanting time with girlfriend calls bomb threat to P.E.I. Walmart

Defence lawyer Yolande Murphy said Arsenault has been dealing with mental health issues and had been prescribed anti-depressants he wasn’t taking consistently.

Arsenault was also using drugs and drinking, although he hadn’t that day.

“He was not in a good place this time,” she said.

After the incident, Arsenault was involuntarily admitted to Hillsborough Hospital where he spent 35 days.

Orr said when people make bomb threats the police don’t have any option but to take them seriously.

“We have had bombs that have actually gone off,” she said.

Referring to Arsenault’s comments to the police, Orr said it was “close to incomprehensible” someone could call in a bomb threat to get his girlfriend off work.

Along with the jail time, Arsenault will be on probation for three years and is banned from going within 500 metres of Walmart in Charlottetown.

Orr ordered Arsenault to pay $89,100 in restitution under a section of the Criminal Code of Canada that allows Walmart to file a civil judgment against him.

That means it could allow for an order to garnishee his wages or other measures to recover that amount.

Orr said anyone who acts like Arsenault did should understand there will be consequences and it’s not a matter of whether or not they can afford to pay.

“If you can’t afford to pay then don’t do it,” she said.

Arsenault must also write an apology letter and pay a $200 victim surcharge.

 

Ryan.Ross@tc.tc

Twitter.com/ryanrross

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