A provincial court judge issued a rare order Friday banning a Kamloops man from being in the city where he has lived since pre-school.
Shane Adam, 23, pleaded guilty to two counts of uttering threats, the latest in a long list of criminal charges related to an on-again-off-again relationship with his former girlfriend.
One of those threats in July came against his girlfriend’s father, while another was directed at the Mountie who arrested him.
Court heard Adam visited his girlfriend’s father in the middle of the night, banged on neighbours’ doors and threatened to shoot a city bus driver with what turned out to be a rolled-up umbrella. After being arrested, the short and slight man warned he would head-butt the arresting officer’s teeth.
Kamloops “is the only place he knows,” acknowledged Judge Roy Dickey, who sentenced Adam to an 21 more days in jail in addition to a two-year probation in which he must not enter Kamloops.
In the past 4 1/2 months that Adam has spent in custody, he’s been in solitary confinement nearly all the time, said Crown lawyer Adrienne Murphy.
“He’s a creator of friction,” she said. “He causes dissention and uproar.”
Nearly all of Adam’s 3.5-year record is connected to his former girlfriend, who gave birth to their daughter 26 months ago. He has breached numerous court orders to stay away from her as well as other conditions.
In 2012 alone, Adam racked up 16 breaches of court-ordered conditions stemming from his fixation on his ex and the desire to see his baby daughter.
Adam was found guilty of criminal harassment after contacting her through Facebook and later telling her he had a gun and showing up at her home.
In another instance, he hid in a closet when a social worker came to his girlfriend’s home.
Adam also told a mental health worker that he harboured fantasies of killing her parents, for which he was charged. Those charges, however, were later stayed by the Crown.
But defence lawyer Sheldon Tate argued that casting Adam out of the city will only move his problems to a place where he has no support.
Tate also said the girlfriend has initiated contact in past, even though there was a court order forbidding him from seeing her.
“Banishment shouldn’t even be on the table,” Tate said. “You’ll take him away from his workers, his doctor, his access to ASK Wellness . . . . You send him outside Kamloops and he’ll be a burden to another community.”
Crown lawyer Murphy said probation officials have said Adam has “fatigued” all the resources in Kamloops. He also was kicked out of a treatment centre in Prince George.
Adam has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactive disorder and borderline personality disorder.
Tate said banishment is “the last resort” in case law. He unsuccessfully urged the judge to instead restrict Adam to a certain area within Kamloops, saying his entire life is tied to the city.
But Dickey said public safety demands banishment.
“I find Mr. Adam needs to be removed from the city of Kamloops for a period of time.”
Adam will be able to apply the court to vary that order if he successfully attends treatment. He will be jailed at North Fraser Regional Correctional Centre so that he has not automatically breached conditions as he walks out of KRCC.
Adam is also in a family court proceeding in which he is seeking access to his daughter. She is currently a ward of the Ministry of Children and Families, but the mother has contact with her.