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'Despicable': Victoria man gets time served for antisemitic harassment

As part of his conditions, the 45-year-old man is not allowed to use a computer without parental supervision.
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"He has written and said horrible things," the defence lawyer said.

A Vancouver provincial court judge described a Victoria man’s unrelenting barrage of antisemitic, homophobic and threatening attacks on a Vancouver lawyer as “despicable,” as he sentenced him Tuesday to time served and two years’ probation.

Craig Millian Majorki, 45, had pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal harassment and spitting on a Saanich police officer trying to arrest him amid a torrent of “profane, derisive, homophobic and racist comments.”

Majorki, who has been ill much of his life and has endured more than 100 surgeries, was credited with serving 32 days in jail before the pleas were entered. He attended court via video from his parents’ Victoria home.

Judge Roger Cutler said the “abhorrent actions” and resulting trauma could attract “a lengthy period of incarceration” in the absence of mitigating circumstances.

The judge warned Majorki he would go to jail if anything similar happens again. “I hope you’re finding some means to control your volatility,” Cutler said.

Paul Sprackman had been Majorki’s lawyer on other matters, the court heard, and the abuse began after he withdrew from the role.

Between September 2020 and February 2021, Sprackman received more than 200 threatening emails from Majorki. The phone would ring at all hours of the night, and it got to the point where the family had to unplug their phones, so they worried about not getting calls about elderly relatives.

Majorki even unearthed Sprackman’s wife Jodi’s work number and used it to harass the family, the court heard.

Majorki further targeted Sprackman though Instagram and Facebook posts. In the latter, Majorki posted images of Nazi concentration camps. The judge was told Sprackman’s family lost relatives in the Holocaust.

Majorki made false claims online about Sprackman’s wife and daughter, and used a website to make prank calls to Sprackman, court heard.

In a victim impact statement, Sprackman called the attacks “relentless,” done from afar by a “keyboard warrior.”

“He set about to attack the things that were most important to me,” Sprackman said.

In her victim impact statement, Jodi said Majorki called when her mother passed away and said: “I’m glad that bitch kicked the bucket.”

“[He] mocked me in the throes of my grief,” she said, describing the calls to landline and cellphones as a “never-ending barrage.” The family would “stay awake all night waiting for the next call,” she said. “It was all Craig Majorki, all the time.”

Daughter Camille said in her victim impact statement she was disgusted and horrified by the attacks, which made her afraid to say she is Jewish.

“[He] has made me feel unsafe in my own home,” she said.

“I feel angry and frustrated that he has been allowed to continue his behaviour with very little consequences.”

Asked if he had anything to say, Majorki said: “I’m just very sorry.”

Majorki’s lawyer, Troy Anderson, said his client has apologized to Jodi and Camille. “His quarrel was never with them,” he said.

Once Majorki heard the victim impact statements, Anderson said, he realized that he had truly harmed innocent people.

“He has written and said horrible things,” the defence lawyer said.

“When he feels he is not being listened to, he lashes out.”

Anderson said his client has had problems finding a psychiatrist to treat him. “Mr. Majorki probably does need some psychiatric help,” he said. “It is well-nigh impossible to get people psychological or psychiatric help in this province.”

His conditions include being supervised by a parent when using a computer.

The judge said if Majorki sends one wrong tweet or Facebook post during his prohibition period, “the police are going to be at his door and he is going to be in a cell.”

jhainsworth@glaciermedia.ca

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