One week remaining in psychiatric assessment of man charged with threatening Newfoundland and Labrador politicians | Canada | News


George Brake will stay at Waterford Hospital in St. John’s for another week after a psychiatrist asked there for extra time to complete a suitability assessment for a trial.

Brake, 66, of Shoal Brook, Bonne Bay, was assessed under Section 672.11 (a) of the Canadian Criminal Code on January 28, two days after his arrest in Deer Lake for threatening West Coast politicians.

At 10.15am on January 26th, the RCMP received a notice that Brake was on his way from Bonne Bay to Deer Lake to “stop” the provincial elections.


The RCMP located the pickup that Brake was driving a short time later, and a high-speed chase took place after it refused to stop.

He was arrested at 10:42 am in the parking lot of Jim Goudie’s law firm on High Street in Deer Lake. Goudie is the progressive Conservative candidate for Humber-Gros Morne.

After his arrest, three dozen hunting and tactical knives of all shapes and sizes were recovered from his truck, police said. Police later claimed that Brake threatened the execution of local politicians.

He was accused of making threats, possessing a gun for a dangerous purpose, operating a vehicle dangerously, and fleeing the police.

Police say they confiscated 36 knives from the cab of George Brake’s truck. – Keith Gosse / The Telegram

On January 27, after a search of his home in Shoal Brook, he was charged with possession of two firearms – a 12-guage Benelli shotgun and a Browning .300 lever rifle – without a license and careless storage of the two weapons and ammunition.

In a letter to the court, the psychiatrist asked for another 14 days to complete the assessment of Brake.

Judge Wayne Gorman said the doctor also asked for information that the court was not empowered to produce.

He also said the information requested does not fit the section of the Criminal Code under which the judgment was ordered, but a second section, 672.11 (b), which deals with assessing whether a defendant was at the time of an alleged crime a mental illness in order to be relieved of criminal responsibility.

Gorman gave the psychiatrist an additional seven days to complete the assessment as ordered and set Brake’s next trial date for February 11th.

Brake appeared on a conference call from Waterford Hospital and agreed to continue on pre-trial detention.

Diane Crocker reports on West Coast news.


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