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Sex offender has sentence reduced because he was sexually abused as a child 0

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

A sex offender convicted of assaulting his daughter and step-daughter had his nine-year sentence reduced by one year after disclosing to prison officials that he was also sexually assaulted as a child.

According to the B.C. Court of Appeal, R.M.D. was convicted by jury in June 2012, but due to a court ban, he can only be identified by his initials.

The 51-year-old was found guilty of assaulting both his daughter and step-daughter when they were of a young age.

According to court documents, R.M.D. told his daughters he was teaching them to be ready with their future boyfriends.

However, only after he was found guilty, sentenced and initiated an appeal, was it brought up that R.M.D. was sexually assaulted as a boy of about seven or eight.

“If the situation now disclosed by the appellant had been brought to the attention of the trial judge, it seems to be possible that the information might have been considered of some relevance,” said appeal Justice John Hall.

The judge acknowledged the information is “somewhat past the eleventh hour,” but that the court is required to assess and weigh the information.

 

 

 

 

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