Saskatchewan man acquitted of threatening to shoot Trudeau, blow up Parliament

By Staff

September 10, 2019

The Canadian Press

A Saskatchewan man accused of threatening to shoot Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and blow up the Parliament Buildings has been acquitted.

David Petersen, who is 53, faced a charge of uttering threats over the phone to a government worker on Feb. 12.

Judge Hugh Harradence told Nipawin provincial court on Tuesday that he had reasonable doubt Petersen uttered the threats with intention.

Harradence said he believed the employee who took the call was sincere in trying to recall the conversation, but there was no recording or notes taken immediately after the call.

Petersen, who elected to defend himself, argued the whole case stemmed from a foolish conversation with someone he didn’t know.

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