Convicted firebomber back behind bars
The man sentenced to seven years in prison for firebombing a Jewish boys school in Outremont over six years ago is now back behind bars for new crimes.
Omar Bulphred, 28, was sentenced to 13 months after pleading guilty to nine charges including loitering, trespassing and uttering death threats in connection with events last summer, one month after being released from prison. After preventive custody, Bulphred has six months left to serve.
Bulphred was the mastermind in the firebombing of Outremont's Skver-Toldos Orthodox Jewish Boys school in 2006 as well as the plot of trying to torch Snowdon's Ben Weider Community Centre in 2007.
Bulphred was released in May of last year after serving two-thirds of his sentence. He was arrested shortly after for loitering and trespassing on people's private property in the city's east end and threatening to kill a resident. Bulphred also admitted to breaching conditions to keep the peace and be on good behaviour and not to communicate with Corrections Canada agents.
Bulphred showed little emotion during the hearing, his voice low and deep as he said, "Yes, I plead guilty," to each of the charges. He was seen smiling and looking around the courtroom when he was first brought in.
His lawyer Charles Montpetit read aloud parts of a psychiatric report indicating his client has a form of autism as well as personality problems, including emotional troubles and difficulties socializing. He also read out a letter from Bulphred.
"He said that he's sorry, he's sorry but he realizes by his actions he brings fear around him, that he terrorized people, and he feels sorry for that," Montpetit told reporters.
"He said to the judge, now I realize that I have a problem and I want to be helped for that problem."
That includes help from psychiatrists and probation officers. When Bulphred gets out, he'll be on probation for three years.
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