Dennis Markuze, aka David Mabus, who has spent the last decade harassing and threatening virtually anyone who supports evolution online (including me), is back in court in Montreal again because he violated his probation and continued to engage in the same behavior on blogs and social media sites.
A Quebec Court judge is expected to be presented with a joint sentencing recommendation Thursday in a case involving a St-Laurent man who poses a challenge to authorities because he doesn’t believe he is guilty of the crimes he admitted to last year.
While appearing before two different judges within the past three years, Dennis Markuze, 43, was able to nod in agreement and admit to the summaries of two different Montreal police investigations into his online activities where he threatened the lives of people, mostly bloggers who express atheistic views or discuss scientific reason versus religious beliefs. He received an 18-month sentence for the threats in 2012, which included a condition that he keep away from social networks during the sentence.
Six months later, Markuze found himself before a judge again facing three new charges: a violation of the conditions of his sentence, the criminal harassment of one of the eight people he threatened and a threat made toward the investigator who arrested him the second time.
Last spring, Markuze pleaded guilty to all three of the charges and replied in the affirmative to all of Judge Jean-Pierre Boyer’s questions concerning the plea. A summary of facts was read into the court record during the hearing, including a quote of what Markuze said to the female investigator who arrested him: “You bitch. The same thing will happen to you like what happened to the (World Trade Center) twin towers in 9/11.” Markuze expressed no objections to the summary.
Outside the courtroom he tells a different story. He disputes most of the details contained in the summary, especially the quote about the World Trade Center. And since pleading guilty in May he has insisted, twice, to a Montreal Gazette reporter that his rights, as outlined in Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, were violated by the court order to abstain from posting on social networks. During a break in his most recent hearing in November, Markuze handed a Montreal Gazette reporter a document, which he referred to as an affidavit that, he said, tells his side of the story.
“The charges laid on me are based on hearsay and conjecture. I am being charged for my controversial ideas, not for any offence,” Markuze wrote. “The condition to not debate on forums is a direct violation of my fundamental human rights. This condition must be removed. I’m a writer who engages in debate with the power of words, not force of arms.”
Look, it’s time to get serious about this guy. Yes, he’s obviously mentally ill and needs psychological help, but he should get that help while being locked up so he can’t continue threatening people. It should be absolutely obvious by now that he has no intention of stopping if he is allowed to remain free and have access to a computer. Time to take his toys away.