On May 16, RM of Ritchot councillor Ernie Dumaine will once again face a judge after being charged for uttering threats against a municipal employee.
In early January, Dumaine was charged with uttering threats stemmed from a volatile conversation with fellow councillor Jackie Schwark about a year ago.
Schwark alleges that Dumaine threatened the life of the RM of Ritchot Public Works foreman Louis Rouire. She also accused Dumaine of using threatening language towards Rouire during a public works meeting in November.
Schwark contacted the St. Pierre RCMP and charges were laid against Dumaine as a result.
RM of Ritchot Bob Stefaniuk could not comment on the case because it is still before the courts. However, he did confirm the pending case has caused some problems for council. As councillor, Dumaine cannot be in the same room as Rouire, a municipal employee.
“It is a little inconvenient but we have managed to work things out as a council,” Stefaniuk stated. “We hope this gets resolved soon so things can go back to normal.”
Dumaine is slated to appear before a judge in the St. Boniface Courthouse on May 16. Two previous court appearances were remanded.
In the meantime, Dumaine remains councillor for the RM of Ritchot. 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.