Toronto mayor owns money to a dealer
TORONTO – "You owe me money," a convicted drug peddler screamed at Rob Ford after bursting into the mayor's home and later threatening to kill him.
Court documents recently obtained by the Toronto Sun reveal stunning new details about the mayor's frightening run-in with a man who once had close ties to the Ford family -- an incident that occurred in Rob Ford's Etobicoke home and raises more questions in the wake of the crack cocaine allegations that have been dogging him.
A strung out Scott MacIntyre, the ex-boyfriend of Ford's sister Kathy, entered uninvited through the unlocked front door of the house around 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 11, 2012, and began screaming about debts that needed to be paid, according to the documents.
"You owe me money, your sister owes me money, if I don't get it, they will kill me," MacIntyre, then 45, yelled at the mayor, who rushed to confront his sister's longtime common-law partner.
The documents -- a transcript from MacIntyre's court appearance on Apr. 23, 2012 -- include an agreed statement of facts submitted during his guilty plea.
The transcript, which was ordered by the Toronto Sun immediately after the crack allegations began and finally released Friday, provides the first glimpse inside the courtroom that day.
But it does not provide any details of the alleged debt. However, what is known is that MacIntyre had previously served prison time for drug trafficking and he was busted with dope hours after his confrontation with the mayor.
Kathy Ford's heroin addiction has been widely publicized. And in 2005, she was shot in the face by MacIntyre in her parents' home. The shooting was deemed accidental and charges against MacIntyre were dropped.
Prior to living with MacIntyre, Kathy was married to another heroin addict, Ennio Stirpe, who was convicted of manslaughter for killing her lover with a shotgun in 1998.
In 2008, after he was paroled, Stirpe attacked a Vaughan woman with a knife, blinding her in one eye. He's currently serving 18 years. More recently, allegations recently surfaced about Coun. Doug Ford, the mayor's brother, dealing drugs in high school. And Rob Ford himself was accused of being caught on video smoking crack.
Rob and Doug have both vehemently denied the accusations and the alleged video remains elusive.
Last year's encounter between the mayor and MacIntyre nearly became violent too, according to court documents.
The mayor yelled repeatedly at MacIntyre to get out of his house and he ultimately left, threatening Rob as he did so.
"You and your family are going to get it," he admittedly warned. "You are going to pay for it."
Defence lawyer Sam Boutzouvis, who has represented MacIntyre for 10 years, pointed out to the judge that his client "never intended to go to see Rob Ford, originally to get him or to threaten him, or to engage in anything that had to do with Mr. Ford," according to the court documents.
He also told the judge MacIntyre's actions stemmed from his "somewhat turbulent at times" relationship with the mayor's sister.
His client and Kathy had recently separated and he "wished certain messages to be conveyed to (her) about certain property and funds that he was desperate to retrieve."
The incident sparked a string of back and forth phone calls with Toronto Police.
At one point MacIntyre told an officer he was "going to kill Rob Ford," either with a machete or a gun, and that he would "off" any cops who got in his way.
When MacIntyre was arrested in a Mississauga motel room three hours later, several grams of heroin and cocaine were found on a night stand.
A forcible entry charge was later dropped and he pleaded guilty to uttering threats, drug possession and attempting to disobey a court order.
The latter charge was in connection with a letter intercepted by staff at the Toronto West Detention Centre a couple weeks after his arrest. One letter was addressed to Kathy, who he was forbidden by court order from contacting, asking her to get the charges against him dropped.
In the letter, MacIntyre wrote:
You and your family have one chance to leave me the f--- alone and stop this s---, or I am going to start a s--- storm. You and your family think I should play nice, f--- you.
MacIntyre was rolled into the courtroom in a wheelchair for his guilty plea. He had suffered a broken leg, an injury so severe that he was in a cast for over two months and then, according to court documents, required surgery to repair ligaments and tendons.
Crown attorney Lorraine Cavion said MacIntyre's leg was broken on March 22, 2012 by another inmate. But no details were revealed in court and no charge had been laid in connection with the jailhouse assault.
The prosecution sought a jail term of two years less a day for MacIntyre's threats.
But he was sentenced in June 2012 to five months in addition to time already served. He has since been released.
Amin Massoudi, a spokesman from the mayor's office, said Ford has no comment for this story.
printed in Toronto Star, Sept 10 and 9
That adds on to the long list of Toronto mayor Rob Ford's misfortunes with crime. He was already accused of smoking crack, dealing weed in high school days with his brother and vice Doug Ford, and witnessed to be drunk on the street during his work hours on about a dozen occasions and taken pictures hugging with known drug dealers. His family has a lot of skeletons in the closet - like drug-abusing relatives.