Dennis Markuze, aka David Mabus, is getting off with a light sentence yet again. This clearly mentally disturbed man who likes to send death threats to people (me included, and dozens of my friends) because he hates atheists got yet another suspended sentence after violating the previous suspended sentence.
A St-Laurent man with mental health problems who admitted he has threatened several people over the Internet because he disagreed with their atheistic opinions has received a sentence that requires him to follow psychiatric treatment for three years.
Dennis Markuze’s inability to control his impulses was evident during a sentence hearing at the Montreal courthouse on Wednesday. While the psychiatrist was testifying for the defence, Markuze could be heard laughing at what his doctor said and uttered the word “bulls–t” at least once.
Yeah, that shows how seriously he takes this.
A series of strict conditions that will accompany the sentence were laid out by prosecutor Sylvie Dulude, who noted Markuze failed to respect another suspended sentence he received in 2012. He was first arrested in August 2011 after more than 300 people signed an online petition demanding that the Montreal police finally do something about a person who called himself David Mabus (an alias Markuze has admitted to using) while making threats through social networks for years. The petition stated that “(a)nyone who associates with scientifically and skeptically minded people is likely to become a target for unsettling rants and threats to their life and well-being.” Markuze targeted people who expressed scientific views doubting the existence of God. Almost a year later, Markuze pleaded guilty to eight counts of uttering threats. In one threat Markuze wrote “Die f—ing atheists. I will cut your heads off.” In another he wrote to Timothy Farley, an American who runs an online educational forum: “Farley you die today.”
Before his first sentence expired, Farley, one of the eight victims in that case, filed another complaint with the Montreal police reporting that Markuze was harassing him again through social media. The complaint was investigated, Markuze was arrested and, at one point, he told the arresting officer: “You bitch. The same thing will happen to you like what happened to the (World Trade Center) twin towers in 9/11.”
When asked whether Markuze might represent a threat to society, Semeniuk said he has seen no warning signs while treating Markuze on a monthly basis.
“I’m relatively confident he wouldn’t be violent,” Semeniuk said. As was stated during his first case, Markuze becomes agitated when he uses drugs like cocaine and marijuana. The psychiatrist said Markuze has since received “a fair amount of of therapy and received a fair amount of help” toward dealing with his drug abuse.
It’s easy for you to be relatively confident that he wouldn’t be violent, you aren’t among the dozens and dozens of people he’s been threatening to kill for the last decade or more.
Markuze’s suspended sentence includes three years of probation during which he is required to follow treatment with Semeniuk and to take any medication prescribed to him. He is also forbidden to communicate with Farley through the Internet, Twitter or other forms of social media. He is also not allowed to communicate with anyone who is part of the same educational forum as Farley.
Which were, by the way, the same conditions on the previous suspended sentence, which he ignored. Look, I agree the guy needs treatment, but at this point it should be absolutely clear that it should be involuntary inpatient treatment, not outpatient. How do you prevent him from taking cocaine? Keep him locked up in a mental hospital. How do you prevent him from getting on a computer and threatening other people? Keep him locked up in a mental hospital. Simply telling him to stay in treatment and not to do those things has done absolutely nothing to prevent him from doing so in the past and there’s no reason to believe it will be any more effective this time.