OWEN SOUND, Ont. — An Owen Sound man charged with harassing members of the local Amish community became fascinated with them in 2008 and came to believe he had received “a commission from God to find an Amish wife,” court heard.
That's what Crown attorney Michael Martin said on the first day of Keith Roland Miller, 71.
Miller has pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal harassment against both the Amish community as a whole and Lori Watt, a bus driver who took Amish people to and from Owen Sound to shop for groceries.
Martin said Morneau Amish members would regularly encounter Miller at the National Grocer store in Owen Sound.
He would strike up conversations with them, while acting “hostile” towards the men, he said.
Miller also offered the Amish children rides home from school and he'd wave, honk and sometimes yell out to women as he drove by their homes, Martin said.