Uttering Threats (Sentencing Cases)

From Criminal Law Notebook
This page was last substantively updated or reviewed January 2014. (Rev. # 90808)

Offence Wording

Assaults
Uttering threats

264.1 (1) Every one commits an offence who, in any manner, knowingly utters, conveys or causes any person to receive a threat

(a) to cause death or bodily harm to any person;
(b) to burn, destroy or damage real or personal property; or
(c) to kill, poison or injure an animal or bird that is the property of any person.
Punishment

(2) Every one who commits an offence under paragraph (1)(a) [threats – harm animal] is guilty of

(a) an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years; or
(b) an offence punishable on summary conviction.
Idem

(3) Every one who commits an offence under paragraph (1)(b) [threats – damage property] or (c) [threats – harm animal]

(a) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years; or
(b) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

R.S., 1985, c. 27 (1st Supp.), s. 38; 1994, c. 44, s. 16; 2019, c. 25, s. 92.
[annotation(s) added]

CCC (CanLII), (DOJ)


Note up: 264.1(1), (2) and (3)

Uttering Threats to Cause Bodily Harm or Death

Case Name Prv. Crt. Sentence Summary
2022
R v Graham, 2022 ABPC 17 (CanLII), per Stevenson J AB PC 3.5 years imprisonment (global)
6 months imprisonment (threats)

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Keywords: assault — choking — causing bodily harm — threats to kill — intimate partner — alcoholic — extensive record
R v Pecinka, 2022 ABPC 81 (CanLII), per J AB PC 8 months imprisonment (global)
2 months imprisonment (breach)
6 months imprisonment (threats)

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Keywords: 38-year-old offender — breach — threats to kill — gladue — related record — intimate partner
R v Williams, 2022 BCPC 31 (CanLII), per Doulis J BC PC 60 days imprisonment (threats)

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Keywords: agg. assault — weapon assault — threats — intoxicated — victim neighbour — FASD
R v Price, 2022 NLSC 30 (CanLII), per O'Brien J NL SC 2 months imprisonment (threats)
12 months imprisonment (pointing)

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Keywords: 52-years-old offender — firearms — threats to kill — pointing gun
R v Benoit, 2022 NLSC 125 (CanLII), per Noble J NL SC 450 days imprisonment (B&E)
60 days imprisonment (threats)

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Keywords: threats of harm and death — B&E — assault — rejected CSO
R v Boutilier, 2022 NSPC 8 (CanLII), per van der Hoeck J NS PC Suspended Sentence plus 1 year probation
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Keywords: breach — multiple threats to harm — limited education — joint submission — prior record}
R v Charbonneau, 2022 QCCQ 380 (CanLII), per Provost J QC PC Conditional Discharge plus 12 months probation
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Keywords: protesting COVID — threats of death to premier of Quebec — voicemail — no record — remorse
R v Rousseau, 2022 QCCQ 934 (CanLII), per J QC PC 1 years imprisonment (threats)
1 years imprisonment (sex assault)

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Keywords: None
2021
R v GTA, 2021 BCCA 425 (CanLII), per J BC CA 3 years imprisonment (interference)
4 months imprisonment (threats)

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Keywords: 25-year-old offender — sexual interference — breach
R v Manuel, 2021 BCPC 310 (CanLII), per Frame J BC PC Conditional Discharge plus 12 months probation
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Keywords: found guilty — victim two security guards — protester offender — gladue
R v Chaulk, 2021 CanLII 81813 (NL PC), per Gorman J NL PC Conditional Dischargeplus 2 years probation
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Keywords: guilty plea — intimate partner — long career — strong reference letter — dated convictions
R v Sandhu, 2021 ABPC 217 (CanLII), per Barley J AB PC 21 months imprisonment (assault /w weapon and threats)
30 days imprisonment (breach)

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Keywords: assault weapon — intimate partner — breach — intoxication — low risk — victims were ex-wife and children
R v Garvin, 2021 ONCJ 496 (CanLII), per Wadden J ON PC 6 months imprisonment (threats)

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Keywords: 22-year-old offender
R v Yektas, 2021 QCCQ 9645 (CanLII), per Belisle J QC PC 11 months imprisonment (global)
3 months imprisonment (threats)
plus 2 years probation

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Keywords: no record — intimate partner — choking — threats to kill — breach — immigration — no remorse — risk of recidivism — rejected discharge
R v Paiement, 2021 QCCQ 10265 (CanLII), per J QC PC 3.5 years imprisonment (global)
2 months imprisonment (threats)
20 months imprisonment (sex assault)
10 months imprisonment (voyeurism)

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Keywords: 30-year-old offender — sexual assault — voyeurism — assault — choking — threast — intimate partner — history of violence — knife — lengthy record — drug addiction
2012
R v Freake, 2012 NLCA 10 (CanLII), per Welsh and Rowe JJA NL CA 2 months imprisonment Offender told social worker that he had a desire to chop up the ex-partner and their child and put them in a suitcase.
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Keywords: None
2011
R v Carlson,
2011 CanLII 80608 (NLPC), [2012] NJ 443 (PC), per Gorman J
NL PC discharge (JR) offender asked for $300 from father for work done, argument arose, offender threatened to kill father and damage vehicle, he threw his father against kitchen counter, alcohol involved
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Keywords: None
R v Noor, 2011 BCSC 1629 (CanLII), per Arnold-Bailey J BC SC discharge granted road rage; uttering threats
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Keywords: None
2006
R v Rowe,
2006 CanLII 32312 (ON CA), CCC (3d) 254, per Sharpe JA
ON CA
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Keywords: None
2004
R v Bytyqi,
2004 CanLII 14964 (ON CA), , 186 OAC 114 (CA), per curiam
ON CA
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Keywords: None
R v Stiliadis, 2004 CanLII 18520 (ON CA), per curiam ON CA
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Keywords: None
1995
R v Rowe , 1995 CanLII 9875 (NL CA), per Steele JA NL CA 4 months imprisonment uttering threats while wielding an axe at a person dating offender’s former spouse
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Keywords: None

Uttering Threats to Damage Property or Harm Animals

Case Name Prv. Crt. Sentence Summary
2022
R v Testawitch, 2022 BCPC 39 (CanLII), per Patterson J BC PC 39 days imprisonment (threats)

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Keywords: None
2021
R v Connors, 2021 NLSC 178 (CanLII), per J NL SC 9 months imprisonment (threats)

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Keywords: 37-year-old offender — assault — threats on property — arson — B&E — assault
2016
R v Ratmanski, 2016 ONCJ 752 (CanLII), per Band J ON PC Fine and Probation The offender was drunk on a plane and made threatening comments about bombs.
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Keywords: None
2012
R v White,
2012 CanLII 43292 (NLPC), , [2012] NJ No. 263 (P.C.), per Gorman J
NL PC 2 months (threat)
6 months imprisonment (global)
threatened to kill cat of ex-girlfriend
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Keywords: None
2011
R v Lyver,
2011 CanLII 54511 (NLPC), , [2011] NJ No. 320 (P.C.), per Gorman J
NL PC Suspended Sentence threatened to kill neighbour's dog.
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Keywords: None
2001
R v Petravic, [2001] O.J. No. 2766 (SCJ)(*no CanLII links) ON SC Suspended Sentence The offender threatened to burn down the constituency office of his member of parliament.
Keywords: None

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