A 45 year old man will serve jail time for the Saskatoon Provincial courthouse bombing.
Rodney James Wilkie has been sentenced to two years less a day after pleading guilty to the March 26, 2017 explosion that caused about 6-thousand dollars damage to the front of the building.
Wilkie who also called in two bomb threats to police was scheduled to be sentenced for impaired driving and wanted to delay his pending jail sentence.
Wilkie’s lawyer Mark Brayford said it was an impulsive act by a desperate man.
“My client is not a dumb person but he did a very dumb thing,” said Brayford . “Rather than just coming to court and saying can I please have a month’s adjournment before I serve my jail sentence, he concocts this relatively foolish explosion at the court house door.”
Brayford said the act was out of character for Wilkie who is a hard working father and grandfather.
“It wasn’t motivated by terrorism or hate, this isn’t one of those mosque type hate crimes, it’s not a greed type crime where he’s trying to collect on insurance,” said Brayford.
Wilkie apologized in court, saying he didn’t intend to hurt anyone and is pleased there were no injuries.
The sentence includes time already served and the previous impaired driving conviction.
Wilkie will also have to pay $6,166 for damage to the court house.