October 21st, 2020

Man sentenced for threatening female victim

By Shurtz, Delon on November 16, 2019.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald


A 54-year-old Lethbridge man convicted in September for confining a woman against her will and threatening to kill her, has been convicted again for offences he committed against the same woman, while he was in jail during the spring and summer.

Gordon Leslie Nash pleaded guilty Friday in Lethbridge provincial court charges of intimidation and threats to cause death, and was sentenced to 10 months in jail.

Court was told Nash was in custody between April 29 and Aug. 30 for offences against the woman, and had been ordered not to have any contact with her while he was in jail waiting for his trial in September. However, while he was at the Lethbridge Correctional Centre, he called the woman over 100 times, and spent hundreds of hours talking to her, during which he threatened to kill her and intimidated her to help him get out of jail.

Police obtained recordings of the telephone conversations, in which Nash discusses his pending trial and is heard telling the woman “stick to the plan and I’ll get out of here,” and “they’ll drop the charges if you don’t show.”

Crown prosecutor Dawn Janecke said Nash didn’t want the woman to testify against him, and during one conversation he said she was going to die and people were coming to rob her.

A portion of the 10-month sentence will run concurrently with a 16-month sentence he received in September, when he pleaded guilty on the day of his trial to charges of unlawful confinement, assault and uttering threats.

Police were called to the woman’s home in April after her landlord heard a disturbance and notified police. Nash had badly beaten his victim and had kicked her in the body with steel-toe boots, she told police.

Nash was arrested, then released, and a few days later he breached a no-contact order to stay away from the woman. He took her to an RV in Coaldale where he held her against her will and beat her again. Nash told her he was angry he had been arrested for the previous assault against her and threatened to kill her.

After two days the woman begged Nash to let her go because she needed her medication. He drove her home and left.

Janecke pointed out Friday that Nash, who appeared in court Friday by closed-circuit TV from the jail, has a lengthy criminal record, which include convictions for domestic assaults.

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