Man in court for setting fire outside PM's house - Macleans.ca
 

Man in court for setting fire outside PM’s house

No damage aside from black marks on the sidewalk


 

Dozens of police cruisers rushed to the prime minister’s residence at 24 Sussex on Saturday after an Ottawa man sprayed flammable liquid outside the gates and set it aflame. There was no significant damage or any injuries, and police immediately extinguished the fire. Daniel Skahan, 29, who is known to police, is appearing in the mental health court Monday on charges of mischief under $5,000, possession of incendiary material and failure to comply with conditions of an assessment order. Police say the prime minister and his family were never in any danger.

Ottawa Citizen


 
Filed under:

Man in court for setting fire outside PM’s house

  1. Unfortunately for Skahan's cunning plan, sidewalks aren't flammable.

    • Crit, the gentleman need not be mocked for his (alleged) lack of clear thinking. The guy needs help (if the facts as alleged are proven in a court of law); whatever help he's had so far hasn't done the trick (if the facts as alleged are proven in a court of law), and the "mental health court" has the task of figuring out the what's-next.

      ADDENDUM: See, for example: http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Delusions+dog

      • Just read the thread, Pretty sad case …lets hope this young man gets the help he needs….

  2. We shall see how seriously Harper takes his promise to do better for the mentally ill, pledged at Dave Batters's funeral.

    Drop the charges; get the guy some help.

    • Like Harper has any role in the laying or dropping of any charges? Are you new to this country?

  3. Let's hope he receives the same treatment as those who light forest fires. Nothing! Sidewalks need protection from would be arsonists. What a harmless act. Protesting sidewalks?

    • It says in the article that one of the new charges is ''Failure to comply with an assesment order'' Sounds like this fellow already has had a Physycriatic assesment with conditions imposed…..maybe this time they will get him some help, before something more serious happens……

  4. "possession of incendiary material " If stopped by police you better not have any of that incendiary material in your gas tank, or your lighter, or your wife's nail polish remover or any paint thinner or… and whatever you do never ever set fire to a concrete sidewalk.
    What a load of dung beetles dung.

    • Obviously the Mental Health Authorities don't want this guy playing with matches for a reason…

  5. "Daniel Skahan… is appearing in the mental health court Monday on charges of mischief under $5,000, possession of incendiary material …"

    "possession of incendiary material" is a crime? What?

    • Sounds like it is for Mr. Skahan…''And failure to comply with conditions of an assesment order'' was the third charge… Probably states that Mr. Skahan is not to have these types of items in his possesion because of a previous offence, or offences. It's not a crime for you or me, but it obviously is for him .

      • It may not be a crime so much as a violation of the conditions which kept him from being in a room in which the locks are accessible only from the outside.

        Ah, euphemisms…

        • You do, do that well…..

    • Mental health court sounds different from criminal court, G. "Possession of incendiary material" may well be acceptable terminology in the former setting.

  6. I really did not get what this phrase means; "Dental Shakan is appearing in the mental health court Monday on charges of mischief under $5,000, possession of incendiary material and failure to comply with conditions of an assessment order. How can you make someone who is "mentally ill" responsible in complying with conditions of an assessment order and not possessing those things he was banned from, unless someone else is watching out for him? Canada's standard for mentally ill must be way beyond normal?