The Crown has stayed a charge against a 22-year-old man who told a mental health worker he harboured thoughts of hurting his ex-girlfriend’s parents.
Shane Adam, who remains in custody, appeared in provincial court Friday. Prosecutor Katie Bouchard told judge Stephen Harrison the Crown would no longer proceed with the charge of uttering threats against Adam.
The Crown typically asks for a stay of proceedings when it believes there is insufficient evidence to proceed to a trial.
Adam was arrested after he allegedly told a mental-health worker on July 25 that he thought about going to the house of his ex-girlfriend's parents, where he would bear-spray the father, hurt the mother and see the terror in his ex-girlfriend's eyes.
Court originally heard that he blamed his former girlfriend's parents for preventing him from seeing her.
Adam was sentenced to time already served in jail for breaching a probation order. While in jail he penned a letter to his 10-month-old daughter. In it, he addressed his former girlfriend, contrary to a court order.
He also told his ex-girlfriend to write him back in jail under his daughter’s name.
“The message was positive,” said defence lawyer Sheldon Tate. “(But) it violated the spirit of the court order.”
Adam was remanded in custody until Monday on a charge that he breached a court-ordered curfew earlier this year. Tate said Adam wants to make arrangements to attend a treatment facility in Burnaby.