This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
A Saskatoon judge has announced that a popular videogame, Candy Crush, was most likely one of the key reasons that led a man to shoot and kill the neighbour’s dog. According to the provincial court judge, he didn’t believe Eugene Krawchuk’s testimony during the trial that he shot his neighbour’s St. Bernard puppy, Bentley, because it was attacking his livestock. Michael Price mentioned in the testimony that “I don’t think they know how much they’ve destroyed our family,” bceause “there’s been a lot of tears.”
According to the judgment announced on Thursday, the judge found that Krawchuk likely shot Bentley last April for three reasons, i.e. because the dog interrupted a game of Candy Crush, the dog was trespassing, and there were preexisting tensions between the Krawchuk and Price families. Price alleged in court that “I’m just fed up with bullies,” while reiterating that “that’s all they are, they’re bullies.” The judge found Krawchuk guilty of shooting a dog without lawful excuse and possessing an unlicenced firearm, which led to a sentence to 12 months’ probation.
However, the judge did not find him guilty for careless use of a firearm and destroying the dog other than in a prescribed manner. Although, Krawchuk’s wife, Laurie Krawchuck, was found guilty of possessing a firearm without a license, she was allowed a conditional discharge. According to Price, they wished Krawchuk was found guilty for careless use of a firearm, but they were still satisfied with the sentence issued by the judge.