Bible Hill man pleads guilty to intimidating former energy minister

A Bible Hill man will be sentenced in February after pleading guilty to to a charge of engaging in conduct that intimidated former provincial energy minister Michel Samson.

The Chronicle Herald reports that 55-year-old Douglas Addison Neil entered the plea Wednesday instead of going to trial on charges of criminal harassment, uttering threats, and intimidation.

Neil, who first appeared in court in February, was opposed to the provincial government's decision to allow the installation of a tidal turbine in the Minas Basin and approval of the Alton Natural Gas Storage Project.

Crown attorney Eric Taylor told the court that Neil made comments in phone calls to Samson’s office and on Facebook between May and December of last year that were perceived by the minister as intimidating.

The paper says Neil posted that Samson and Premier Stephen McNeil would be kidnapped on Christmas Eve and held until the turbine was removed, and also mentioned going to Samson’s home church to preach to the congregation about the minister’s decisions.

(With files from The Chronicle Herald)