SELECTED CASE LAW
1992 ABCA 243 involved a man, RLB, threatening to release his ex-wife’s nude photos unless she forgave his child support payments. At trial, Mr. RLB was sentenced to a penitentiary term, in part so that he could receive psychiatric counselling services. The Court of Appeal held that this was an error of principle and that the sentence was too high. Although the Court of Appeal determined that a custodial sentence was necessary because RLB committed a “serious crime which threaten[ed] the harmony of the family,” RLB’s sentence was reduced from 24-months imprisonment to 9-months imprisonment.
Criminal Offence(s): Extortion