Sixteen years of violent criminal behaviour earned Kevin Wayne Lewis dangerous offender status, said Central Saanich Police Cpl. Janis Jean.
On Aug. 24, 2008 Central Saanich Police arrested Lewis after he tried to kill his girlfriend in Brentwood Bay.
Lewis was on parole at the time and had broken into his girlfriend’s home earlier in the day and lay in wait for her to return.
When she arrived home, Lewis violently attacked her, pinning her down and choking her to unconsciousness on her garage floor. Neighbours heard her screams and called 9-1-1. Lewis fled on foot and was captured later that day.
Lewis, who has a lengthy record for physical and sexual violence, was convicted last October of attempted murder, aggravated assault and break and enter.
The dangerous offender provisions are intended to protect Canadians from the most dangerous violent and sexual predators in the country.
On April 19, Lewis appeared before a Supreme Court judge who found he met all the requirements of a dangerous offender and issued him an indeterminate custody status.
It was Lewis’ past 16 years of violent physical and sexual offending combined with his latest conviction for attempted murder in Brentwood Bay that made him the recipient of the toughest sentence available under the Criminal Code.