Threat to blow up house, car over $20 debt lands Charlottetown man in jail

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Prince Edward Island provincial court

William Charles Gauthier gets a total of 10 months on multiple charges of theft, threats, failure to obey court orders

Somebody lent William Charles Gauthier $20 but when they came looking for repayment, he threatened to blow up their house and set fire to their car, a court was told.

Gauthier, 25, of Charlottetown was up for sentencing this week before provincial court judge John Douglas.

Gauthier got two months in jail for uttering those threats, eventually ending up with a total of 10 months in jail on multiple other charges.

There was, the court heard, issues of addiction to both alcohol and opiates in Gauthier's life.

A probation officer told the court that Gauthier had failed to report as required from two previous probation orders.

Gauthier had failed to serve all the time from a previous  jail term to be served on weekends, Douglas was told.

Gauthier also failed to make payments on previous restitution orders and failed to attend referrals for counselling.

Douglas gave Gauthier two more months of jail for not reporting to probation.

Then came two more months for stealing a purse from an employee of a community care facility. The purse contained over $900 in cash, as well as bankcards.

He received a further two months for other thefts from people he knew.

Then there one more month in jail on a charge of fraud after Gauthier used a friend's credit card .

Failure to attend jail for that weekend sentence added more time.

He was also sentenced to 30 days in jail for failing to attend court but Douglas suspended that sentence because of the amount of time Gauthier has been in jail waiting for all these cases to proceed through the courts.

When he gets out of jail, Gauthier will spend two years on probation.

Like the other times, that probation order demands that  he "undergo assessment, counselling and treatment, if required, for the use of alcohol or drugs or any other underlying issue which may have contributed to the commission of these offences."

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • townie22
    May 09, 2014 - 08:29

    it would cost more than the $20 to get the stuff to blowup a house and burn a car. good to see the probation, it worked so well last time......

  • Stacey
    May 08, 2014 - 21:52

    tsk tsk...but a man molestes a child and he still only gets a mandatury one year...(8 months) wake up Douglas...