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Court to decide upon sex offender's freedom

Feb 24 2012

A hearing is being held in B.C. Supreme Court today to review the release of a high-risk sex offender.

Crown prosecutors asked the court to review Randy Lanferman's release on bail after he was arrested this month for allegedly breaching the strict curfew conditions of a peace bond under section 810.2 of the Criminal Code.

The preventative court orders are imposed when there is fear that an offender or suspect will commit a serious personal injury offence. They require an offender to agree to specific conditions to keep the peace and are available to police to protect the public before a criminal offence has been committed.

Prosecutors and police believe Lanferman, who has a history of stalking women, breaking into their homes and sexually assaulting them, poses a substantial likelihood of committing an offence that endangers the protection and safety of the public. They also consider any breach of section 810.2 to be serious.

Lanferman, 44, has served three federal sentences for break and enter, sexual assault and robbery.

On April 27 last year, he was released from Matsqui penitentiary after serving a 40-month sentence for break and enter. The Abbotsford provincial court imposed a peace bond with strict conditions the day Lanferman was released.

Lanferman spent about 24 hours in Victoria, then moved to Nanaimo where the RCMP issued a public warning that he was living in the area.

On April 30, three days after his release, Lanferman was arrested for breaching his probation conditions. He was sentenced to nine months at Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre on Wilkinson Road. When he was released on Nov. 22, he stayed in Victoria.

At the time, Victoria police, who believe Lanferman poses a significant risk to women and teenage girls, issued a public notification.

Const. Mike Russell said Lanferman was arrested again Feb. 2 on a charge of breaching his probation order. He appeared in Victoria provincial court and was released on bail the same day.

When the Crown obtained a copy of the 810.2 order, Lanferman was arrested again on Feb. 3 for the same breach of conditions and released on bail again that day.

"We're happy with every bail review. We believe there was a good precedent set with his nine months in custody in Nanaimo. He's obviously not taking his curfew seriously," Victoria police Det. Shawn Robson said Thursday.

"He needs to be indoors at night-time. It's too high-risk behaviour. He has a curfew because he's a risk at nighttime. We take that very seriously and we hope the courts do, too."

Lanferman is supervised by Community Corrections and monitored by Victoria police's high-risk offender officer.

Under his peace bond, Lanferman must abide by a curfew of 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., not consume alcohol or other intoxicants, not frequent bars, liquor stores or anywhere alcohol is sold. He must report all relationships with females to his probation officer, and must not possess any knives, weapons, rope, duct tape or other things that could be used to restrain someone.

ldickson@timescolonist.com

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