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Judge eases release conditions for teen accused of uttering threat in song

PORT HAWKESBURY, N.S. — A judge has loosened the release conditions for a Cape Breton teen charged with uttering death threats in a song he posted on social media.

Nelson Fletcher Rudderham was charged in late March after posting a song he wrote with a reference to a school shooting online.

A Port Hawkesbury provincial court judge ruled Wednesday that the 18-year-old student will be subject to a curfew instead of house arrest.

Under the new conditions, he must be at home between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. and ask RCMP for permission to be out past his curfew for work.

Defence lawyer Kevin Patriquin says the revised conditions are better for his client, who pleaded not guilty to the charge last week and is due to begin a trial on Aug. 30.

Patriquin has argued that posting a song to social media does not meet the test of a Criminal Code threat.

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(CIGO)

The Canadian Press

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