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Esquimalt woman charged after courthouse bomb threat

Jun 06 2012

A 46-year-old Esquimalt woman has been charged with threatening to kill a Victoria lawyer and posting false information on Facebook that a bomb was about to go off at the Victoria Courthouse.

Patricia Ruth Pelley was charged Tuesday with threatening to cause death or bodily harm to Julie Donati, an associate at Carr, Buchan & Company.

Pelley is also charged with knowingly conveying a threat to cause death or bodily harm to people at the courthouse.

A third count alleges that Pelley, with intent to injure or alarm Donati, posted false information on Facebook that a bomb was about to go off at the courthouse Monday afternoon.

Pelley was arrested at her home about 4: 30 p.m. Monday.

She was released with the consent of Crown and defence without appearing in court on Tuesday. Pelley is scheduled to appear in court on June 27.

Police went to the Esquimalt law firm about 2 p.m. Monday after a staff member saw the bomb threat on Facebook saying people "were going to pay." The post was made about noon.

Officers rushed to the courthouse, working with the sheriffs to make sure everyone was safe, said police spokesman Const. Mike Russell.

It was quickly determined that the threat was a hoax.

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