Man free after 28 days at Hillsborough Hospital for threatening to bomb premier's house

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Frustrated by delays in EI processing, man is now in better frame of mind, court told

Sentence has been suspended in the case of a 52-year-old Cornwall area man who threatened to blow up the home of Premier Robert Ghiz.

Sentence has been suspended in the case of a 52-year-old Cornwall area man who threatened to blow up the home of Premier Robert Ghiz.

David William Cudmore was extremely frustrated over delays in processing his claim for employment insurance benefits when he uttered the threat last month to a federal government employee at the Jean Canfield Building in Charlottetown.

Crown Prosecutor John McMillan said Cudmore became upset when the woman in question told him it would be another two weeks before he would receive his first cheque.

That’s when he uttered the following words:  “Robert Ghiz is going to get a surprise when I put a bomb under his house.”

Police located Cudmore later that same day and, after interviewing him, transported him to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where the attending physician recommended he see a psychiatrist.

Cudmore was then taken to the Hillsborough Hospital where he was involuntarily admitted for a 28-day assessment.

He was released at the end of that stay.

McMillan said the premier was advised of this threat and security measures were put in place.

Defence counsel Thane MacEachern said Cudmore did not intend to carry out his threat.

He said that at the time of this incident Cudmore was under a great deal of stress, stress which had been caused in part by the manner in which he had been treated by someone he worked with at his last place of employment.

Cudmore has undergone counseling and is in a better frame of mind today, it was indicated.

Speaking for himself Cudmore acknowledged that what he had done “wasn’t very nice” and offered his apologies.

He told the court he’d been having a hard time.

The accused had a prior criminal record but the convictions on his record were for alcohol-related driving offences.

Chief Provincial Court Judge John Douglas placed Cudmore on probation for 12 months.

Organizations: Hillsborough Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • Only on PEI
    November 02, 2012 - 12:25

    EI is a Federal Program not a Provincial one. Get your facts right before you start bashing someone.

  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    November 02, 2012 - 12:13

    Of course a bomb would hurt you. Too bad you can't figure out the easy one. It should read "but threats will never hurt me" D-UH. The fact that he uttered the threat shows his both his frustration level and his intelligence level. Stick your political correctness where the sun don't shine. Ghiz is still a whiner. Yes the po po are doing their job by investigating, but who are the idiots that want to put this fella in jail for talking. Uttering threats should not be a law. Acting on those threats is and should be against the law. Lock-up is lock-up, no matter what institution, your freedom has been taken way. If they let him out obviously he is no threat, but the DRAMA is enough to kill a sane person. Talk is cheap, and all actions carry consequences. Above all, let's keep it non violent. Smart people do not make choices that would land them in jail.

  • bruce macewen
    November 02, 2012 - 10:13

    The real concern here is how many people feel like Mr. Cudmore and aren't saying anything or getting counselling.Does anyone realize the level of stress & despair going on in this province & country? I don't think so.And most people don't talk about how they feel or can't say it for fear of the backwash.Look at the suicide rate.Rage,despair,hopelessness ultimately take one of two paths,suicide or homocide.But - it's up to each of us to manage that stress.

  • Really...
    November 02, 2012 - 08:13

    This guy is only voicing what hundreds of islanders think! Just got caught doing it. We are in big trouble with both the federal and provincial governments in power. I know this man and he is not capable of doing such a thing. David, this is behind you now, move forward and don't look back. You are a good person and do not let this define you. We can rise above the scum that has such a corrupt hold on the puppets in Charlottetown.

  • reality check
    November 02, 2012 - 08:05

    The funny thing is that despite confusing what level of government actually provides EI, we all know that PEI continuing as a province is the biggest joke going in Canada right now. If we merged with another province, the savings could go into EI and keep that program going for another century. How about it? Does having PEI as a province really matter that much to you?

    • Adam
      November 05, 2012 - 12:24

      Good Idea REALITY CHECK! finally a worthwhile comment

  • Michelle
    November 01, 2012 - 23:29

    This guy may find himself more frustrated! He probably won't get any EI for the month he spent in the institution.

  • Dave
    November 01, 2012 - 20:50

    Carefull Billy,you just said something about breaking Bones. They will be coming after you next.

  • Donald F.
    November 01, 2012 - 20:22

    Why do so many people on this Island not know the difference between Federal programs and Provincial. How on earth would Mr. Ghiz have anything to do with the EI system?

  • Sylvia
    November 01, 2012 - 18:12

    I can understand his frustration. I've had some thoughts about Ghiz that aren't fit to repeat and when I see him on TV, the air is blue with the language I use. I immediately mute the TV and if he's on the radio, I turn it off. I don't want to see or hear him or read about him.

  • Ho Hum
    November 01, 2012 - 17:52

    Another day another Bill Kays inspiring comment. If Ghiz is a whiner then

  • mej
    November 01, 2012 - 17:12

    Last time I checked Robert Ghiz is not responsible for EI that would be The conservatives in Ottawa.

    • statler
      November 02, 2012 - 05:42

      100% CORRECT

  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    November 01, 2012 - 15:50

    I would assume that this will be only the first of many people to utter threats through frustration. Most Islanders are frustrated with this government for their failed fiscal policies. And most people handle their frustrations poorly and make bad decisions. Mind you, the uttering of threats is one of the most abused pieces of legislature ever written, and then enforced. It gives disgruntled people too much power over their opponents or adversaries, whether justified or not. Ghiz is a whiner, always was, probably always will be. Uttering a threat, awe, sticks and stones will break my bones, but .....

    • But..
      November 01, 2012 - 21:57

      To Bill Kays--but....................bombs will never hurt me? That's not how I remember the saying. I'm sure you'd have the same comment if Ghiz said he was gowing to blow your house up. I don't care for the decisions this government has been making, but you can't say you're going to put a bomb under someones house. The police did the right thing, the guy clearly wan't well, if you're gonna make a threat atleast make it against the appropriate level of government!