A man with depression, who made three separate false reports to police that he’d been stabbed, has been put on probation and ordered to do community service for his “cry for help.”
In one case, the offender identified a suspect by name. Fortunately, the falsely accused man had an alibi.
In court, Crown attorney Marnie Evans pointed to the police time that was wasted investigating the false claims.
“The Crown takes the position this was a serious abuse of public funds,” Evans said on Thursday, describing the false reports after Nicholas Sean Michael Mini pleaded guilty to public mischief.
On Aug. 27, around
1:30 a.m., police were called to a stabbing on the 100-block of Richmond Avenue.
Mini claimed he’d been approached by two men who’d asked what gang he was with. When he replied he wasn’t in a gang, one of the men slashed him several times on his arms.
Mini gave a detailed description of one of the suspects and provided police with the directions in which the men fled.
All available officers were called in and they set up a six to 10-block perimeter. A police dog and handler were also called in.
The dog, however, couldn’t find a scent and there were various inconsistencies to Mini’s story when he was further interviewed by police.
Two days later, Mini called police to say he’d been stabbed in the leg with a butcher knife. Mini had wounds to his leg, chin and stomach, but his story was inconsistent again.
Nevertheless, police called in the police dog and handler again —this time on overtime —and the investigation involved at least another seven officers. Again, a perimeter was set up and the investigation lasted more than three hours.
Mini made a third complaint of being stabbed on April 28. When police arrived, he was being treated in an ambulance for a cut to his neck.
This time, he named a specific “suspect” and told police where they could find him. Police learned, however, that the man had an alibi and couldn’t have been involved.
Mini was arrested for giving a false statement and admitted that he’d made up all three stabbings and his wounds were self-inflicted. He was suffering from depression at the time, he said.
His lawyer, Ryan Fawcett, told court that 29-year-old Mini’s false reports were a “cry for help.” Evans said alcohol was involved in at least some of the incidents.
Fawcett said Mini has since taken counselling and reduced his drinking.
Mini received an 18-month suspended sentence with 50 hours of community service.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 5, 2014