Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Adviser guilty of death threats

Boss, co-worker were targets of man's rage

  • Print

An ex-Investors Group financial consultant has been found guilty of uttering death threats following a bizarre incident that triggered a security stir at one of the financial giant's Winnipeg satellite offices.

Wayne Trylinski, 52, returned to provincial court Wednesday to learn his fate.

Judge John Guy convicted Trylinski and sentenced him to a 12-month conditional discharge. He won't have a criminal record if he successfully completes one year of supervised probation.

Trylinski pleaded not guilty to uttering threats toward his boss and a colleague while speaking with another colleague in the parking lot of a regional office on Island Shore Boulevard in November 2012.

Guy ruled Trylinski had the required mental state to commit the offence when he showed a handgun to the colleague and threatened to storm the office if work-related issues that had left him frustrated weren't dealt with.

"He basically told me that he was going to storm into the office, and he was going into (the colleague's) office and he was going to take care of the f'n problem -- and when I heard the pops going off in the office I should run to the front door," Robert Dalkie testified at a December trial. He was the sole witness in the case.

Trylinski also threatened to do the same to their boss, Dalkie testified. At first Dalkie thought Trylinski -- known for "showboating" -- was just joking around, but then thought things went too far when the gun was shown.

Guy said it was "crucial" to his ruling Dalkie took steps the next day to read Trylinski the "riot act" and had talked to another colleague and a relative about what happened. It was that colleague who ultimately took steps that resulted in Trylinski's arrest and suspension from work.

Dalkie's actions showed "he could no longer sort of shrug this off as a joke," said Guy. "I'm of the view that the only inference that can be drawn from these facts is that the mens rea (mental element) has been established," the judge said. Looking at all the circumstances, Guy said, Trylinski meant his words to be taken seriously.

Trylinski argued anything he said was meant only in jest and he had no intention of carrying out the threat.

Guy was told at trial police remained present outside the Investors Group office for weeks.

Defence lawyer Dan Manning said Trylinski's case and the publicity it has received has been an immense consequence for him and he "obviously regrets" what happened.

"It's essentially ruined him," Manning said.

james.turner@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 6, 2014 B4

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Jim Flaherty remembered at visitation as irreplaceable

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Marc Gallant/Winnipeg Free Press. Gardening Column- Assiniboine Park English Garden. July 19, 2002.
  • A Canada goose protects her nest full of eggs Monday on campus at the University of Manitoba- Standup photo- Apr 30, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

What are you most looking forward to this Easter weekend?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google