A western Manitoba man who has spent more than 15 years locked up for repeatedly sexually assaulting his sisters and then his own daughter over a three-decade span was set to be released from jail Friday.
“He’s an individual who has stolen the childhood of his own daughter. He’s stolen the childhood of three of his sisters,” Crown attorney Ronald Toews said during a sentencing hearing in Brandon Court of Queen’s Bench.
“His acts are the most despicable that this court, I would suggest, has seen in a very long time and hopefully will never see again,” said Toews, who lost a bid to keep the 61-year-old offender locked up longer.
The man cannot be identified to protect the identities of his multiple victims.
He was handed 11 years in prison in the late 1990s after admitting to a spate of sex crimes he committed against his sisters dating back to 1964.
The offender was released from prison in 2009 after serving every day of that sentence. He was arrested two days later, however, for the crimes he admitted Friday he inflicted on his daughter between 1989 and 1997, starting when she was just seven.
Police had long suspected him in the attacks, but didn’t have enough solid evidence to charge him until the victim came forward to them in 2009.
What she ultimately testified to at a preliminary hearing was “some of the most disturbing evidence I’ve seen in my prosecution career,” Toews said.
Justice John Menzies heard the offender inflicted violence on his sons to effectively force their sister into complying with his sexual demands. He would also ply the girl with marijuana in order to cloud her head and relax her to allow him to commit his attacks on her, Toews said.
“These are disturbing and serious assaults,” Toews said.
After being convicted for assaulting his sisters in 1998, the man appeared for years to be “a model inmate,” Toews said.
By 2006, however, his risk for future sexual offending had jumped to “high” in the eyes of corrections officials. He was denied parole a number of times. Mental-health concerns also began to emerge when he began having delusions he was a man of great wealth, court heard.
He was attacked numerous times by fellow inmates who found out what he was charged with, said defence lawyer Robert Harrison.
Now that he’s older, it remains uncertain how he’s going to put his life back together, Harrison said.
He has lost all support from his family, Harrison noted.
“Don’t ask me to feel sorry for him because his family’s rejected him,” Menzies said. “That’s like shooting your parents and then whining that you’re an orphan.”
Menzies weighed what punishment the man may have received had he been sentenced back in 1998 for all of his various crimes put together.
He concluded it would have been in the range of 15 years, the amount of time he’s already served.
Menzies declined to impose further jail time on the offender, who has been housed at Milner Ridge Correctional Centre since being moved there in 2012.
“That you subjected your daughter and your sisters to this is just incomprehensible (and) abhorrent,” Menzies said. “These are horrific offences.”
The man is barred for life from going to playgrounds or parks where kids under age 16 may be and cannot work or volunteer in positions of trust over children. Menzies also placed him on supervised probation for three years, which requires him to take sex-offender treatment and report his address to officials.
» Winnipeg Free Press
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 5, 2014