Man convicted of threatening to kill nurse

Cory Hurley
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CORNER BROOK  An Irishtown-Summerside man has been convicted of threatening to kill a mental health nurse who had visited his house to deliver his medication.

Melvin Laing was found guilty by provincial court Judge Wayne Gorman Thursday in Corner Brook.

The nurse, along with a student, went to Laing’s house Nov. 14, 2012, as is typical practice in the small north shore town on the Bay of Islands. After being invited inside, Laing became upset when he saw the male student nurse, although he calmed down when the nurse backed away from the entrance.

The mental health nurse arranged for Laing to go to a clinic to have a needle administerd. However, at the mention of his psychiatrist’s name, he became upset again.

According to the nurse’s testimony, he pushed the table, raised his arm, and moved toward her, while saying he was going to “f**king kill” her. Although, Laing testified he said he was going to slap her in the face, Gorman accepted the nurse and the student’s version.

 The judge said he does not believe the man intended to carry out the threat, but that it was intended for the nurse to take it seriously.

Laing testified he had previous issues with this particular nurse, and admitted he was upset that a male nurse showed up because he had a bad experience with a male nurse before.

He said the nurse made a comment about him being on “welfare,” which upset him. He denied threatening to kill her.

He also testified the nurse made a false complaint to police to place the blame on him and avoid getting in trouble.

Gorman stated in his written decision that Laing’s evidence was difficult to understand at times, and of a “rambling” nature. The judge concluded his evidence was inaccurate, and that he was purposefully downplaying what he had actually said.

Geographic location: Bay of Islands

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