Published on July 17, 2014
Tiny White, Dustan Preeper's aunt, speaks to media outside Supreme Court court in Halifax July 16. White said Preeper's outburst of swearing was not surprising due to his Aspergers.
Mitch Ward - Metro Halifax
Published on July 16, 2014
Dustan Joseph Preeper, 24, of Halifax is escorted into Truro provincial court in 2012.
Metro Halifax FILE photo
The aunt of Dustan Preeper said July 16 she was not surprised at his outburst in court because he has Asperger “tendencies,” and he didn’t go looking for trouble in the case of Ben Hare.
When asked if he wanted to say anything before the judge delivered his sentence for two counts of murder against Melissa Peacock and Ben Hare, Preeper said “you can all go f- yourselves” and gave a finger to the gallery.
Tiny White, Preeper’s aunt, told reporters outside court that Preeper has “tendencies of Aspergers” and attention deficit disorder (ADD).
“Does it surprise me that he said anything? Not at all,” she said.
When asked if the court appearance was difficult for their family, White choked back tears and nodded before saying, “it is.”
In Supreme Court, the agreed statement of facts read that Hare attacked Dustan Preeper on July 7, 2010, outside a Truro apartment building where Preeper was outside drinking with friends, and stabbed him in the face and back.
During the ensuing fight with both men’s groups of friends, Preeper obtained an aluminum baseball bat and struck Hare with it, who fell to the ground unconscious.
The court heard Preeper chased others off the property then returned to hit Hare multiple times in the head and chest while he lay prone on the ground.
White said the whole incident wouldn’t have happened if Hare had not initiated the assault, and said she was told at the hospital Preeper wouldn’t have survived if the wounds had been another “eighth of an inch.”
“Dusty didn’t go looking for the trouble,” she said. “He is not a monster.”