CRANBROOK: The man at the centre of a kidnapping case which ended with his take-down
near Crowsnest Lake in September of 2011, is now at the centre of a hearing for
a dangerous offender or long-term offender designation.
The hearing for 48-year old Randall Hopley began Monday in Supreme Court in
Cranbrook, B.C. and was almost immediately adjourned for most of the day so
that he could attend his mother's funeral in Fernie. The case picked up Tuesday
morning with an official from the Correctional Service of Canada.
Court heard several reports from assessments done on Hopley while he was in
prison for the sexual assault of a five year old child in 1985.
Lawyer for the Crown, Lawyer Lynal Doerksen, says the reports show Hopley
molested the four-year-old daughter of his care worker in 1981, then molested a
nine-year-old boy living in his foster home, where he also molested the
five-year-old boy who was visiting with his parents. Hopley spent two years in jail for the crime.
One psychological assessment concluded at the time, Hopley was a danger
to society, because of an absence for remorse and resentment towards authority
In 2008, Hopley was convicted of break and enter to commit an indictable
offence, namely the intent to kidnap a ten year old boy in Sparwood, for which
he received 18 months in jail and three years probation.
The shopping list of offences didn't end there. Hopley pleaded guilty to
taking three year old Kienan Hebert from his Sparwood home on September 6th,
2011 and returning him to the home, unharmed, four days later. After the
youngster was secretively returned to his home, Hopley was apprehended just inside the
Alberta border near Crowsnest Lake.
In August of 2012, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Heather Holmes ruled Hopley
should be assessed by experts to determine if he should be designated a
dangerous offender, a label that could see him imprisoned indefinitely.
The dangerous offender hearing is expected to continue for the rest of the