Soldier contests protection order
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This article was published 25/04/2018 (1617 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
A CFB Shilo soldier who had an emergency protection order granted against him by another soldier is contesting it, claiming a protection order is not available to the plaintiff because the two are not related, nor were they ever in a relationship.
In a protection order filed with the Brandon Court of Queen’s Bench, Clinic Warrant Officer Karen Dickie claimed Master Cpl. Matthew Hommersen uttered threats and harassed her numerous times in the last few months, blaming her for his alleged marital and employment troubles.
None of the accusations against Hommersen have been proven in court and he is presumed innocent.
Referring to attached Facebook posts and text messages dating back to Dec. 24, 2017, Dickie stated Hommersen messaged other people telling them she was “f—-d in the head,” that “she would get what she deserves” and that she was “a dog that needed to be muzzled.”
Incidents of verbal assaults have increased to twice a week, Dickie said, adding the fact they work in the same medical clinic seemingly escalates the situation.
Dickie stated she reported the situation to military police on Feb. 9 and Hommersen was ordered by the commanding officer and chain of command to have no unprofessional contact with her. He has, however, disobeyed that order multiple times,Dickie said.
“He has no fear … and continues to harass me,” she said.
A spokesperson for CFB Shilo could not comment on the case as it is before the court.
Things escalated on March 7, when Hommersen came into the medical clinic and started screaming at Dickie, she said, calling her names and acting “violent and hostile” to the point Dickie said she thought he was going to strike her.
“I have suffered psychologically due to the increase in severity and frequency of the threats and harassment. I have had sick leave, unable to sleep due to fear,” Dickie wrote in her application for protection.
“I am not safe at home or at work. My global safety is at risk. My spouse is deployed … I have changed my daily routines to avoid (Hommersen) and I am genuinely scared of this man.”
In an affidavit filed by Hommersen, he admits to confronting Dickie at the medical clinic, yelling at her after being distraught about “outlandish allegations” she was making against him.
However, Hommersen is adamant in his statement he never wished to harm Dickie, nor has he threatened her in any way. He also wrote he has never stalked her, but rather has taken steps to “avoid her whenever possible.”
Hommersen and Dickie have not had a good working relationship, he said, which came to a head when she made false drug allegations against him.
He also claimed Dickie provided evidence to his ex-wife during custody proceedings.
“Her desire to cause difficulty in my personal and work life has ramped up,” Hommersen wrote.
Hommersen denies Dickie’s claims he stalked her and said a protection order would severely impact his ability to earn a living as they work in the same clinic.
He also stated that, due to the fact the two are not family, have never been in a family relationship or a dating relationship or have any children together that he did “not believe a protection order is available to (Dickie) in this circumstance.”
While the definition of domestic violence in the Manitoba’s Domestic Violence and Stalking Act wouldn’t apply to those not in some sort of familial relationship, the definition of stalking in the act can, University of Manitoba law Prof. Karen Busby said.
“The Manitoba act, unlike most acts in the country, also applies to stalking,” which occurs when someone repeatedly engages in conduct that causes another person to reasonably fear for their safety, Busby said.
This can include the use of internet or social media to harass or threaten someone, or engaging in threatening conduct toward someone, Busby said.
“(Protection orders) don’t have to be connected to a domestic relationship in any way,” Busby said.
A pre-trial has been scheduled next week in preparation for a hearing to decide whether the protection order will stay in place.
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