A man who entered Justin Trudeau’s Ottawa home earlier this month made a drunken mistake and won’t be charged, police said Tuesday.
The Ottawa Police Service said they are satisfied that the intoxicated 19-year-old wandered into the wrong house unintentionally, believing he was at a friend’s home.
“He had no idea who the residents were,” said Staff Sgt. Kal Ghadban. “This was not a targeted home.
“He didn’t realize it and we believe he did not know whose house it was until Friday.”
Ghadban played down the fact that the young man left a note near a collection of knives, saying that — for a fleeting moment — the man considered stealing the cutlery along with an electronic device that police refused to identify.
“There was a momentary thought process that before he left he would actually take some items with him, which was very short-lived,” said Ghadban.
“He immediately decided against that.”
Police said nothing was removed from the house.
As for the note and a suggestion contained in it that the family should lock their doors at night, police said while it appeared on the surface to be threatening, it was instead an act of remorse from the man over entering the house.
Trudeau was out of town when the incident happened, but his wife and children were asleep upstairs.
This does not pass the smell test.