Pete Fisher, Postmedia Network
First posted: Thursday, January 07, 2016 02:44 PM EST | Updated: Thursday, January 07, 2016 09:07 PM EST
A conversation James Martin Platts was having on a Via train led another passenger to believe he was plotting to kill 10 MPs and the prime minister's wife -- as well as abduct the Trudeaus' daughter, the Crown alleges.
Platts, 57, was on a train travelling from Ottawa to Toronto on Tuesday, when the words he was speaking -- during what one person believed was a cellphone conversation -- began to attract attention.
Throughout the journey Platts was overheard talking about the "$100,000 deal," stated Crown counsel J. Hauraney, according to a transcript of a court appearance Wednesday.
"There was a brief pause in the conversation, then Platts was heard saying, 'And the PM's wife, too,'" Hauraney said.
"As the conversation continued, Platts made an inquiry about their children. The witness believed she heard Platts say: Abduct the daughter. She believed that Platts was plotting to kill the 10 female members of Parliament, Prime Minister Trudeau's wife and abduct the prime minister's daughter."
Platts has been charged with uttering death threats. The allegations against him have not yet been tested in court. The Crown stated there was no publication ban on the Wednesday hearing.
The woman became very scared and tried to locate a Via Rail employee about the situation, the court heard.
"While she was waiting she then heard Platt say, "What about the bomb? What about the anthrax?" She was unsure whether Platts was on the phone with someone or if he was talking to himself. Platts could be seen writing vigorously in a notebook throughout this conversation."
Sgt. Jeff Sheils of the Cobourg police confirmed to the Sun a man on the train "was overheard to be making a variety of threats" and that people overheard a man threatening to kidnap Trudeau's children.
A couple of weeks earlier, Platts had been in Ottawa -- at Parliament Hill and at 24 Sussex -- according to the Crown.
On Dec. 22, just after 9 a.m. he was located on Parliament Hill by House of Commons security members, where he was stopped and questioned, according to the court transcript.
Then, on Dec. 24, the court heard, he was located at 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa. Platts was seen leaving an envelope at the east gate for ex-prime minister Steven Harper.
Though he was arrested on an outstanding warrant issued by Windsor police, he was released.
On Tuesday, employees on the Via train notified police of concerns. Officers were waiting when the train pulled into Cobourg.
The rail car was evacuated and police searched luggage and the car before passengers were allowed to re-board and carry-on with their journey.
The court heard Platts has a significant history of violence and mental health issues.
According to the Chatham Daily News, a man with the same name and age briefly went missing for a day in 2014 after he allegedly ditched his car in London, Ont. Police eventually located him safely. At the time, cops indicated the man was known to have bipolar disorder.
He will undergo a mental assessment before his next court appearance.
While Hauraney was speaking in court on Wednesday, Platts interrupted to state he was, "the head of Secret Service of Canada."
"And I'm a U.S. Secret Service agent under Hillary Clinton. You need to contact the U.S. Embassy at Ottawa 'cause there's some issues up in Ottawa right now."
"I'm also the premier of Canada, sir. It's been authorized by prime minister."
Platts was also ordered to have no communication with Justin Trudeau and his family, Stephen Harper and his family along with all female Members of Parliament.
- With files from Sam Cooley, Ottawa Sun
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