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CRANBROOK:   Closing arguments wrapped up Thursday in the dangerous offender hearing of a Sparwood man who kidnapped three-year-old Kienan Hebert from his bed in September, 2011.

The crown is asking for a sentence of seven to nine-more years in prison, and ten years supervision following Randall Hopley's release.  A dangerous offender status could keep Hopley in jail indefinitely.


Hopley's lawyer argues that sexual offences against children when he was a young man are not patterned in his later crimes.

William Thorne says a break and enter with intent to abduct a 10-year-old child in 2007 was financially motivated.

Thorne adds, "There is no evidence of any physical or sexual abuse of Kienan Hebert during the four-days Hopley had the boy, before returning him to his home".

The defense is asking for two more years in prison.

Sentencing is set for November 29th.

 

The hearing for 48-year old 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 figures.

 

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. She will have her decision on November 29th.



Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 4/18/2014 9:37:00 AM
Source: Dori Modney (On Twitter - Dori_Modney) -- files from CHDR - Pattison Broadcasting Cranbrook and archived Country 95 Files
 
 
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