The ex-boyfriend of Mayor Rob Ford’s sister appeared in a Toronto court Thursday afternoon to face charges he threatened the mayor at his Etobicoke home.
A judge ordered Scott MacIntyre, 45, not to communicate with Ford, to which MacIntyre replied: “Sure, that’s fine with me.”
Around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, a neighbour called 911 to report someone acting suspiciously outside Ford’s home.
Hours later, police arrested MacIntyre at a Mississauga hotel and charged him with two counts of threatening death, forcible entry and possession of 2.1 grams of heroin and 1.8 grams of cocaine.
MacIntyre and the mayor’s sister Kathy Ford had been in a decade-long relationship but, according to her son Michael, broke up a few weeks ago.
The accused had also faced weapons offences almost seven years ago after Kathy Ford was shot in the head during a family gathering. The charges were later dropped.
Rob Ford’s brother Coun. Doug Ford suggested Wednesday the mayor should have a security detail, something the mayor has refused.
But the mayor did install a security system complete with surveillance cameras at his home Thursday.
Coun. Giorgio Mammoliti thinks Ford should have his own driver and security detail. He also said he wants metal detectors installed at City Hall.
“The phone calls keep coming in to our offices, including the mayor’s, wanting him dead, and I think we should take this stuff seriously,” he said.
Despite a trio of incidents involving alleged death threats, Ford doesn’t seem overly concerned.
“I’m alright,” he said Thursday. “I’ve had some isolated incidents but that’s in the past. It’s time to move forward.”
In August 2011, Robert Dunlop, 46, was charged after allegedly threatening Rob Ford on Facebook and Twitter.
And Toronto police say another man, Anthony Vella, 56, threatened the mayor’s life during a call to 311 on July 14.
MacIntyre will be in custody until his bail hearing Jan. 26.
With files from CityNews.ca staff