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Bid to air abduction sentencing

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THE sentencing hearing for a Winnipeg man who abducted his two children and hid them in Mexico for four years may have a much larger audience when it concludes next month.

Kevin Maryk will return to court on Aug. 22 to learn his fate after pleading guilty in one of the province's most notorious missing-persons cases. An application has been made for a live broadcast of the proceedings under a new judicial pilot project. If granted by the judge, the hearing will be viewable by anyone with computer access.

Crown and defence lawyers spent a full day making submissions last month, but adjourned the case after being unable to agree on certain factual points.

The Crown is expected to call a further witness to testify before provincial court Judge Ted Lismer gives his decision.

The Crown is seeking a five-year prison sentence, which is half the 10-year maximum for abduction. Maryk is asking for 25 months of time served in custody and an immediate return to the community.

Dominic Maryk, 13, and Abby Maryk, 11, vanished while on a court-authorized visitation with their father in August 2008.

They weren't located until May 2012 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The children were kept in what the Crown has called "deplorable" conditions, which included having no access to schools, medical care or even friends.

 

-- staff

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