Kidnapper called high risk to reoffend 0
Randall Hopley seen leaving the Cranbrook courthouse in 2011. (QMI AGENCY FILE PHOTO)
A psychiatrist testified Wednesday that Randall Hopley, who pleaded guilty to kidnapping a young boy and holding him captive at a cabin in the Kootenays, was a high risk to reoffend.
The Crown alleged during a dangerous offender hearing that Hopley, 48, deserves the designation after kidnapping three-year-old Kienan Hebert in 2011.
Hopley then held the boy at a cabin for days while a frantic search for the boy was underway.
If Hopley is given such a designation he can be held in prison indefinitely.
Crown prosecutor Lynal Doerksen said the court heard a psychiatrist run through Hopley’s desire to molest children and say he is at great risk to reoffend.
“Dangerous offender would be an indeterminate sentence, so potentially for life,” said Doerksen. “And long term would be a sentence, plus up to 10 years of long-term supervision, sort of like parole, afterwards.”
Doerksen said Hopley’s psychiatric assessment, combined with previous convictions for molesting children, will play a role in determining if he is declared such an offender.
Witness testimony has wrapped up and both sides will make arguments Thursday.