Threat-uttering appeal rejected

A South Surrey woman convicted of uttering threats against her former in-laws has lost an appeal of her conviction.

Laurie Gale Dolan was convicted March 14, 2007, on two counts of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm to Deirdre Dolan-Harris.

She argued earlier this year the trial judge erred in his decision on a number of grounds, including in rejecting her testimony and in assessing the credibility of Crown witnesses.

According to court documents, Dolan told Dolan-Harris and several others “that she was going to burn us all down in our houses.” The incident took place on the Semiahmoo First Nation reserve July 28, 2006, as her former in-laws prepared to empty and demolish the house they’d evicted Dolan from two weeks prior.

Dolan-Harris testified the accused screamed, “I know where you all live. I’m going to burn your houses down with you and your kids in it.”

Five days later, on Aug. 2, 2006, Dolan was arrested and charged after she returned and was alleged to have made more threats.

At the time of the incidents, Dolan, who court documents reveal is well-known to police, was serving a 20-month conditional sentence imposed in connection with multiple theft and fraud offences committed between November 2004 and December 2005. The threats were alleged to constitute a breach of her conditions.

She was released on bail and her conditional sentence suspended pending investigation into the alleged breach.

April 2, 2007, Dolan was sentenced to one day in custody and probation in connection with the threats. The judge took into account 20 days she had already spent behind bars. She was then ordered detained on the breach allegation.

A week later, and with consideration to additional charges against Dolan in September and October 2006 and February 2007, a provincial court judge terminated Dolan’s conditional sentence and ordered her to serve the remaining 523 days of that term in custody. The judge described Dolan as “a chronic offender who repeatedly re-offended while on probation.”

On April 17, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Loryl D. Russell dismissed Dolan’s appeal of her conviction on the threats charges, stating there is “no basis for me to question those findings.”

Dolan’s current earned release date is May 18.

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