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Sex offender stays free as Crown application fails

Feb 25 2012

An attempt by the Crown to have a high-risk sex offender returned to jail has been denied.

On Friday, Crown prosecutors asked the court to review Randy Lanferman's release on bail after his arrest this month for allegedly breaching the strict curfew conditions of a peace bond under the Criminal Code.

The proceedings cannot be reported because a publication ban is in place.

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.

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.

On April 30, 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, Victoria police issued a public notification.

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

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