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'Bizarre and troubling' events at teenage slumber party lead to psychological examination

A Chase man was found guilty of multiple charges today after 'concerning' remarks to teenage girls at a slumber party.

Shawn David Henry will be sentenced this summer after being found guilty in Kamloops provincial court for assault with a weapon, criminal harassment and possession of a weapon for dangerous purposes.

Kamloops Provincial Court Judge Sheri Donegan said the Crown and defence each offered 'completely different' accounts of what happened on the night of Oct. 2, 2011 when Henry's daughter invited a friend to their home for a sleepover.

The friend, 14 years old at the time of the incident, revealed disturbing details about the sleepover when she testified. She told the court that Henry made threatening remarks to the girls, telling them graphic and frightening stories about them getting kidnapped, raped and murdered. He claimed he had connections to the mafia to have people killed, called one of the girls a 'hooker' and terrified them with stories about 'roof stalkers' who sit on the roofs of homes watching people.

He told his daughter's friend she needed a beating, but said the beating he gave to his own daughter didn't work.

When his daughter began to cry, he called her a crybaby, according to Donegan's decision.

Henry also showed the girls a gun and where he hid it. He dismantled it and pulled the trigger multiple times. He also used a belt to demonstrate his strength over them, creating a loop to put their arm through and telling them to try and get out, Donegan said.

The incident lasted for three hours - from about midnight to 3 a.m. Before the girl went home the following day, Henry told her not to tell her mother.

Despite Henry's request, the girl went home and told her mother everything that happened. She faced so much grief that her mother slept with her the following night and for several months after.

The defence, however, painted a different picture of the night, claiming the mother of the girl was having an affair with Henry that turned sour and was using the situation to get back at him.

Judge Donegan said Henry was vague in his account of the night and the affair and was somewhat 'flippant.'

"I do not believe him and did not believe him when he testified," she said.

Despite Donegan dismissing Henry's testimony, it was up to the Crown to prove Henry's guilt beyond reasonable doubt. Donegan accepted the girl's evidence in full, leading to her decision to find Henry guilty on all counts.

"There is simply no way this event could be contrived," she said.

Crown prosecutor Neil Flanagan said he was 'at a loss' for reasons behind Henry's actions.

"The only reasons I can think of are very concerning," he said.

He requested the court consider a psychological and psychiatric component prior to sentencing. Donegan agreed with the Crown, saying the situation was both 'troubling and bizarre.'

Henry is due back in court on June 20, 2013 with the results from his assessments prior to sentencing on these charges.

To contact a reporter for this story, email: jwallace@infotelnews.ca or call (250) 319-7494.

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