Former Fort Smith man sentenced to 18 months in jail for dousing house with gas, threatening to set it and tenant on fire

Yellowknife Courthouse (CKLB File photo).

An Edmonton man, who is originally from Fort Smith, has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for pouring gasoline on a house in Fort Smith and threatening to set it and a woman inside the home on fire.

A Yellowknife court heard that Joseph Emile, 31, was intoxicated when the incident occurred in January of this year.

Emile, who had just suffered a devastating family tragedy, pleaded guilty to the charges which included mischief and threatening.

RCMP were called by the woman in the home and smelled a strong odour of gas when they arrived.

They found Emile hiding in the yard of a nearby residence and three officers struggled with him both before and after his arrest.

The woman was not seriously hurt but court heard she still suffers from the traumatic experience.

Emile was also placed on 12 months probation at which time he can only go to Fort Smith for up to ten days at a time and mainly only to visit with family.

He first has to get permission from his probation officer and then tell Fort Smith RCMP when he is coming to the community.

Taking into account Emile’s pre-trial custody, he will have about ten months left to serve.



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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.