Courtroom death threat nets man more jail time

A man who uttered death threats to two social workers in front of a judge has been sentenced to two more months in jail.

A man who uttered death threats to two social workers in front of a judge has been sentenced to two more months in jail.

Fabian Bouteiller, 36, of Red Deer, who was already serving a 15-month sentence for uttering death threats to social workers in an earlier court incident, pleaded guilty to two death threat charges when he appeared in Red Deer provincial court Wednesday.

Crown prosecutor Murray McPherson told court Bouteiller was appealing his 15-month sentence in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench March 10 when he said “you’re f…… dead” to the social workers.

Bouteiller uttered his original death threats in family court last year, disrupting the proceedings.

McPherson said the March 10 threats didn’t disrupt that hearing but was heard by the social workers and recorded by a court worker.

“These are dangerous words that were taken seriously,” the prosecutor said.

Defence lawyer Lorne Goddard argued the threats are a familiar pattern of speech for his client. He said the Crown should be chastised for taking so long to lay the recent charges just a month or so before his client’s scheduled release from jail.

Mitchell said if the Crown had laid the charges earlier then the court could have handed him a longer consecutive sentence on top of the 15 months.

That sentence also saw three years of probation handed the accused.

“He’s got a nasty record,” Mitchell said. “He has a horrible record of violence, and total disregard for public peace, court orders and the rights of others.”

His record includes nine convictions for violence including sexual assault, assaulting a peace officer and assault with a weapon.

On his way back to cells Boutieller thanked the judge and told him to “have a great day.”

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