Vernon and North Okanagan
Sexual offender sentence delayed
Sep 24, 2013 / 1:18 pm
UPDATE September 24, 2013:
Judge Myland McKimm has asked for at least two weeks to come to a decision regarding the sentencing of convicted sexual offender Conor Dee.
After final submissions were heard from Crown and Defence Tuesday morning in Vernon, Judge McKimm said he has a lot to think about and consider and could not take this decision lightly, saying he needed at least two weeks to prepare the sentence.
Judge McKImm was often frustrated during final submissions asking for more information and clarification from crown counsel. He often questioned why they are only asking for a two year sentence give the seriousness of his crimes. He said, "how do I support the work done by counsel when the case law doesn't support it. He (Dee) isn't even that young (28 years old), he shows no remorse, no empathy."
He added, "this sentence seems very low to me for very very serious offences to very very vulnerable young women. I want to know how Crown came up with two years."
The judge will take the two weeks to determine the length of incarceration, bail conditions, lifetime bans on things like use of the internet, and what credit he will receive for time served.
ORIGINAL STORY: A Vernon man is expected to be sentenced tomorrow morning for charges ranging from sexual exploitation of a minor, to extortion, possession of child pornography and sexual interference of a minor.
He is accused in four separate cases between Vernon and Kelowna, and include five Okanagan girls that were between the ages of 11 and 16 at the time of the offences.
Conor Michael Tyson Dee, who is in his late twenties, sat for five hours in court Monday as he heard the final submissions from Counsel and Defence lawyers. He was still, emotionless and stoned faced after each illicit text message, email, online message, and physical act was described in detail by the Crown Counsel.
Dee created and maintained relationships with the girls online and in person. The relationships included sexual contact and the sharing of nude photos. He is accused of having sexual relations with the girls and forcing himself on two of them. The major piece of evidence was Dee’s cell phone, it contained nude and explicit photos and conversations with all the victims. In each case claiming his love and admiration for the girls and his intent to marry and impregnate them, before switching to threats if the girls did not comply with his sexual requests.
Dee pleaded guilty to 13 of the charges and has remained in custody, serving 564 days in detention thus far.
Crown Counsel has come to agreement with his lawyer and has asked the judge to sentence Dee to two years in prison and three years probation.
Whether he will be deemed a dangerous or long-term offender is still in question. Crown expert psychiatric witness Dr. Joneja testified that she believes he is likely to re-offend and should be deemed a dangerous offender. Joneja believes Dee shows signs of psychopathy, lack of remorse and sexual deviance.
If he is given ‘time and half’ for time served he will be released from jail, but Crown is asking for Dee to get one to one credit for his time served in remand, meaning he would still need to remain in prison for 166 more days, which would make up the full two year sentence.
Defence and Crown will finish their final submissions Tuesday morning and a sentence is expected at that time.
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