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Threatening text message was last straw for terrorized Scarborough woman

By Sam Pazzano, Toronto Sun

Text messages sent to a Scarborough woman by Ali Butt Aug. 1, 2016.

Text messages sent to a Scarborough woman by Ali Butt Aug. 1, 2016.

TORONTO - 

“I will rape you. Then I will kill you.

“Then I’ll take you out of your grave again. Will (chop you into) pieces.

“Put you back in grave. Then, I’ll come home (and) will try not to cry.”

This chilling Aug. 1, 2016 text message was the turning point for a terrorized Scarborough woman.

She was not going to allow her violent ex-boyfriend, Ali Butt, to coerce her into silence.

She had forgiven him for his domestic violence five years earlier. In April 2011, Butt stabbed her in the thigh with a large knife when a rendezvous at a Scarborough hotel degenerated into an argument and violence.

She underwent emergency surgery, but after he was sentenced in January 2012 to the equivalent of 18 months in jail for aggravated assault, she sent him photos and letters while he was behind bars.

“The victim believed Butt had changed and wished to give their relationship another chance,” Crown attorney Julie Battersby said last month in reading an agreed statement of fact.

So Butt was freed from prison in 2012, the couple resumed their relationship.

“It wasn’t long before the victim reconsidered and tried to distance herself from Butt,” Battersby said.

“She told Butt she no longer wanted to communicate with him and asked him to leave her alone. Butt complied for a short while, and then resumed communications against her wishes.

“He forced her to continue to communicate with him by threatening to contact her family through social media and let them know she was still in contact with him.”

Battersby said he threatened to kill her if he saw her with another man and said he could obtain a knife or a gun to execute his sick plan.

When the terrified woman received this vile threat last year, she finally relented and phoned Toronto Police, court heard.

The 29-year-old man pleaded guilty on Sept. 6 to criminal harassment for his campaign of fear and control. He is in custody and faces a dangerous offender bid by the Crown, which — if successful — could lock him up indefinitely.

Battersby will try to convince Justice Maureen Forestell to order a psychiatric assessment — the first step in the dangerous offender process — when Butt’s sentencing hearing resumes on Nov. 7.

The woman — who wishes to remain anonymous — met Butt while they were high school students in Montreal in 2005.

Her family moved to Toronto in 2009, but she and Butt remained in contact, with him visiting her in Toronto. Within two years, he moved to Brampton with his father to live in a basement apartment.

spazzano@postmedia.com