Terrifying dad given three years of probation

'Bizarre and troubling'

Saying a "looming question" remains as to why a Chase father terrified his daughter's friend in an hours-long ordeal during a sleepover, a judge sentenced Shawn Henry Tuesday to three years of probation.

Henry was found guilty after trial in April of assault with a weapon, criminal harassment and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

Crown lawyer Neil Flanagan called the episiode in October 2011, "bizarre and troubling," asking Justice Sheri Donegan to sentence Henry to either jail or a conditional sentence order up to one year.

Henry's daughter invited her then 14-year-old friend for a sleepover. The trial heard that Henry, now 41, started telling bizarre stories at around midnight, an ordeal that lasted three hours.

When the girl protested, he told her to "shut the thing under your nose" and yelled at her face-to-face.

The girl said Henry told her about "roof stalkers" and predators who steal children. He also said he knew, from Facebook, she had a younger brother who was at risk of being stolen and raped "and it will be your fault."

She also testified at one point Henry told her anything could be used as a weapon and briefly bound her arm with a belt.

She also said he showed her his long gun, described the parts and pulled the trigger several times.

Henry is a trucker and a single father with no criminal record.

A pre-sentence report found Henry gave "vociferous denials" about the harassment to a corrections official. A psychiatric report found he has no mental disorder.

Defence lawyer Ken Walker said Henry is a Metis man who suffered discrimination and was bullied growing up, both from white and First Nations children because he is "in-between."

Walker said Henry also went through a divisive family court process that involved the Ministry of Family and Child Development.

"He believes the system is against him and his race."

Calling the incident a "one-off" Walker presented several letters of support from family and friends. Henry's daughter called him a "gentle giant."

During the probation, Henry is not permitted to be unsupervised around girls under 16, he must take counselling as directed and is subject to a five-year weapons ban.

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