Saskatoon

2nd Sask. man in 1 year charged with making online threats against Justin Trudeau

RCMP arrested 34-year-old Derek Hurrell without incident on Wednesday evening during a traffic stop near Borden, Sask., after threats he had allegedly made against the prime minister had been flagged to authorities in March.

Derek Hurrell of Borden, Sask., had no direct contact with prime minister, police say

Another man in Saskatchewan has been charged with making threats against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on social media. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Police have charged a second Saskatchewan man in less 10 months with making online threats against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

RCMP arrested 34-year-old Derek Hurrell without incident on Wednesday evening during a traffic stop near Borden, Sask., located about 50 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon. 

Police officers in New Brunswick had notified the RCMP's national security enforcement section in March about the threats, allegedly made on social media. That prompted the section to investigate. 

Hurrel has been charged with one count of uttering threats.

"We do not take these investigations lightly, no matter who the victim is," said RCMP Supt. Rob Cameron in a release issued Friday afternoon. 

No direct contact with prime minister

Hurrell did not make direct contact with Trudeau, the release says.

Police searched Hurrell's home in Borden and seized electronic items.

He made his first court appearance Thursday and is scheduled to be back in court on June 1.

2 cases in one year

It's the second such case involving a Saskatchewan resident in the last year.

Last August, police charged Christopher Hayes with the same type of crime, saying he made threats against Trudeau over Facebook. 

Several electronic items were also seized from Hayes's home in Grayson, Sask.

He was given nine months' probation, ordered to stay away from Trudeau, prohibited from having firearms for the next five years, and fined $500.

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