A man has received a fine for a bizarre vandalism spree during which he was talking to plants.
In court, he admitted that it was frightening to hear what he’d done while blacked out.
"It’s kind of scary," Timothy Edward Meffen, 51, admitted during sentencing.
In Brandon provincial court on Thursday, Crown attorney Marnie Evans said police were called to Princess Towers on the 200 block of Ninth Street shortly after 2 a.m. on Aug. 10.
The caller said a man was yelling and screaming outside the building, banging on its door and talking to bushes. He then managed to get into the building.
Police found Meffen inside the main doors to the building, and Evans said officers described his behaviour as "bizarre."
He responded to police queries with answers that didn’t match their questions. He was having conversations with people who weren’t there.
A check of video surveillance footage from the building showed that he’d approached from Eighth Street.
Prior to getting into the building, he could be seen talking to plants in the garden, and gesturing with his hands as though talking to someone who wasn’t there.
He also overturned a barbecue and hurled its propane tank across the parking lot, and threw a bike at the surveillance camera.
He used a bench, then a rock, to smash a window in the apartment building and entered the building’s lobby. Inside, he threw a TV and a set of shelves.
Defence lawyer Bob Harrison said Meffen, 51, has depression, anxiety and other health problems that include chronic insomnia.
Harrison said Meffen had four to five beers prior to the vandalism. He hadn’t slept much in days, and was hallucinating and hearing voices. Meffen didn’t remember the event due to "blackout."
He was fined a total of $500 and one year of probation for forcible entry and mischief.