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  • Hunter Cresswell

Nightmare neighbour in Chelsea, Que

These "no trespassing" signs on Chelsea resident Theodore Burtick's centre-village property feature Mickey Mouse giving the middle finger and warn that the property is under video surveillance. Several of these signs face the property of Burtick's alleged victim, a young girl. Provided photo

Chelsea resident and sculptor Theodore Burtick cited the Canadian Constitution, freedom of speech, and freedom of expression as justification for allegedly threatening to break the legs of two children who were playing on his centre village property earlier this year, court documents reveal.

On Feb. 8, 2021, two children under the age of 10 – who will not be named in this article because they’re minors – were playing on a vacant wooded lot that Burtick, 73, owns between the home of one of the children and Burtick’s centre-village home.

The child’s father – who will also remain anonymous – was inside when he heard the two terrified children screaming and his wife yelling.