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
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
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
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.