On January 20, RM of Ritchot councillor Ernie Dumaine faced a judge after being charged for uttering threats against a municipal employee.
Dumaine was charged with uttering threats after a conversation with another councillor. The threats were allegedly made during a conversation with fellow councillor Jackie Schwark last year. Schwark alleges that Dumaine allegedly threatened the life of the RM of Ritchot Public Works foreman Louis Rouire.
It was further alleged he used threatening language towards Rouire during a public works meeting in November. After that incident Schwark contacted the St. Pierre RCMP and charges were laid.
Dumaine appeared before a judge in the St. Boniface Courthouse on January 20 and his case was remanded until February 17.
RM of Ritchot mayor Bob Stefaniuk refused to comment on the matter while it is in court.
“We`ve never had to deal with this before,“ stated Stefaniuk. If found guilty for charges in a court of law, under the municipal act a municipal council can vote to remove a councillor from council and a by-election could be called to fill the vacancy.
Days after his initial court date, Dumaine continues to conduct municipal business and recently represented the municipality at a prebudget hearing hosted by the province in Ste. Anne. He was elected to the RM of Ritchot council during the 2010 after he beat out Maurice Leclaire.