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12/22/2016 11:56 EST | Updated 12/23/2017 00:12 EST

'I'll see you:' Alleged courtroom threat nets human trafficker two more charges

HALIFAX — The first person convicted of human trafficking in Nova Scotia is facing new charges after allegedly threatening the 15-year-old victim during a court appearance.

Crown attorney Catherine Cogswell says 21-year-old Owen Gibson-Skeir mouthed "I'll see you," and made a shooting gesture with his hand at the girl in a Halifax courtroom Wednesday.

He has been charged with intimidation of a justice participant and uttering threats.

Earlier, Gibson-Skeir pleaded guilty to sexual assault and two human trafficking charges: exercising control and directing the movement of a child and materially benefiting from a child. The girl was 14 years old at the time of those offences.

Cogswell said he's the first person ever to be found guilty of human trafficking in Nova Scotia under a Criminal Code of Canada section brought in about 10 years ago.

She said she plans to submit a joint recommendation with the defence for a sentence of seven years for the human trafficking and sexual assault charges, and she'll be seeking an additional two to three years for the two new charges.

Gibson-Skeir is scheduled to return to court Feb. 22.