SELECTED CASE LAW
In 2016 BCPC 24, Mr. K pleaded guilty to criminal harassment. After his romantic relationship with Ms. L broke down, he began hearing persistent voices and was later diagnosed with schizophrenia, but would refuse to take his medication. For over three years he sent repetitive and threatening communications to Ms. L that were nonsensical, disturbing and accusatory. His communications became more threatening and bizarre over time including sending videos with violent content and communications that suggested he gave her HIV. Ms. L contacted the police and was placed on conditions not to contact Ms. L. He continued to contact her through Facebook, emails, letters, and emails to places where she worked and volunteered. She repeatedly told him to stop contacting her or she would call the police. Mr. K believed he was entitled to communicate with her and that her rejections were written by her or his computer or hackers. He was found not criminally responsible by reason of a mental disorder.
Criminal Offence(s): Criminal Harassment