Saanich sexual assault case earns offender ‘dangerous offender’ status

In July 2008, Saanich police charged Robert Charles Lawrence with sexual assault and overcoming resistance by strangulation.

A 2009 sexual assault trial that ended in the conviction of Robert Charles Lawrence helped Crown counsel successfully seek dangerous offender designation for the 34-year-old offender.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Keith Bracken last week declared Lawrence a dangerous offender.

“Whenever we seek a dangerous offender designation we look at the background of the accused, the seriousness of the offence he’s been convicted of, and the potential risk that individual presents in committing serious personal injury offences in the future,” said B.C. Crown spokesperson Neil MacKenzie.

In July 2008, Saanich police charged Lawrence with sexual assault and overcoming resistance by strangulation. A 2009 trial found him guilty.

Bracken sentenced Lawrence to an indeterminate amount of time in a federal prison.

kslavin@saanichnews.com

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Check out the bells and whistles added to Westhills Stadium

Rick Stiebel/News Staff Clusters of tradespeople buzzing around busy with last-minute preparations… Continue reading

‘Listen to your body:’ Saanich woman fights to have breast implants removed

Woman struggles to find doctor to remove Allergan textured implants, recently linked to rare cancer

Police find shoes, backpack of the man found dead in Saanich

Officers credit public’s help, continue to seek information

Saanich approves new eight- and 11-storey residence buildings for UVic

Residents also supported the environmentally friendly residences

Ravens Crossing breaks ground on happy Hygge cohousing project

Speeches, music and a blessing as 80 people attend start of Danish-style development

VIDEO: Come along for the ride on Tour de Victoria

Reporter captures video footage of his Tour de Victoria ride

POLL: Should there be a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers?

We’ve all heard them, and most likely cursed them under our breath.… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of Aug. 23

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Vancouver Island RCMP hunt for man after pair of indecent exposure incidents

Elderly Qualicum Beach woman grabbed by man who had been masturbating in the woods

Bodies of two missing Surrey men found near Ashcroft

Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr have been missing since July 17

Pile of wood mulch ‘spontaneously combusts’ at Vancouver Island industrial site

Business owner thanks fire department for quick response

Five hedgehogs quickly adopted after being left at BC SPCA

Lucky new owners picked up their pets from Maple Ridge branch on Aug. 20

B.C. cricket players get interrupted by racist remark

Community has had protocols in place for years to respond to prejudice

Most Read