July 12th, 2024

‘Feed my cat’: Court hears accused made death arrangements at Coutts blockade

By The Canadian Press on July 3, 2024.

Weapons and ammunition seized by the RCMP are shown in a 2022 handout photo. One of two men accused of conspiring to kill Mounties at the border blockade at Coutts, Alta., told his companions he didn't think he would end up in court as he believed he would topple the government. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - RCMP, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – Anthony Olienick made death arrangements before heading to the COVID protest blockade at Coutts, Alta., preparing for a noble, bloody, apocalyptic last stand against a satanic system of government, court heard Wednesday.

“If I die, feed my cat and take my guns,” Olienick told a friend in a text message relayed to the jury at his trial in Court of King’s Bench.

Olienick and Chris Carbert are on trial, charged with conspiring to commit the murder of Mounties at the blockade.

The blockade tied up traffic for two weeks at the busy Canada-U.S. border crossing at Coutts to protest COVID-19 restrictions and vaccine mandates.

It ended peacefully and quickly after police made arrests and seized weapons and body armour near the protest site. More weapons, ammunition and two pipe bombs were later found at Olienick’s home, court has heard.

Court heard Olienick was sick in the days leading up to the February blockade, possibly with COVID-19, but made it clear he was determined to go.

“I’m not worried about any legal issues as we will win this fight and we will not be prosecuted by a system we are going to uproot,” read another of Olienick’s text messages.

“If they win this battle against us right now, this thing turns into a dark future, which I’m OK with as I’m ready for the worst case scenario.

“I’m not going to be prosecuted by a satanic system like this,” he added.

“(I) have a different plan.”

Olienick texted that he wasn’t worried if he got arrested or killed, stating, “It’s all for the greater good.

“Hopefully civil war doesn’t start, at least until I get back home.

“Sadly, some people will be affected, but violence will be necessary when we see cops shooting innocent peaceful protesters.”

Earlier this week, court heard text messages from Carbert who warned his mother of war and said he was prepared to die.

“The sooner you wake up to what’s happening the sooner you’ll understand why I have to do what I have to do,” Carbert texted.

Carbert and Olienick are also charged with mischief and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. Olienick faces a further charge of possessing a pipe bomb.

Along with the seized weapons, the Crown has also presented eyewitness testimony from undercover officers to try to prove its case.

The officers, posing as volunteers at the blockade, told court that Olienick said he believed Mounties were the tools of “devil” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and deserved to be hanged. The officers testified that Olienick said if police raided the blockade, he would “slit their throats.”

In a police interrogation video shown to the jury, Olienick denied targeting police but said he feared an invasion by United Nations troops or Chinese communists.

He characterized himself and others as “sheepdogs” protecting “the flock” from tyrannical invaders.

In the video, Olienick is later seen crying in an empty room after police tell him the blockade was abandoned following his arrest.

“I’m sorry, God,” Olienick tearfully tells the four empty walls.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 3, 2024.

— By Jeremy Simes in Regina

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