© Guardian photo by Heather Taweel
Richard Wright, the man alleged to have threatened the life of Premier Wade MacLauchlan, walks across the pedway into the courts in Charlottetown on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
Richard Wright, the man alleged to have threatened the life of Premier Wade MacLauchlan, made headlines last year when he handed out money to total strangers.
Wright, 49, of St. Patricks Road is charged with uttering threats by electronic submissions in social media. He is also charged with possession of four rifles without having a licence for them and possession of marijuana.
He appeared before a justice of the peace in Charlottetown Friday. The Crown has indicated its intention to ask that Wright undergo a psychiatric assessment to determine his fitness to stand trial.
Wright landed in a psychiatric ward almost one year ago due to actions that were of a far less threatening nature than his current alleged behavior that has him remanded in custody until at least early next week.
In late March, 2014, Wright started handing out money, including $100 and $50 bills, to strangers in Halifax. Reportedly dressed in patched pants and wool jacket, he would tell people that he lived in the woods.
Shortly after returning to P.E.I., Wright was quickly apprehended by local mental-health authorities.
In local news and on social media, friends and family of Wright asserted that he had no history of mental illness.
Privacy regulations prevented Health P.E.I. from providing details on Wright’s condition and treatment. The agency did note that nobody can be committed involuntarily unless two physicians deem the person to be “of harm to themselves or others.’’