Dangerous offender status for violent recidvist

Posted By: Shuyee Lee · 11/22/2012 4:33:00 PM

A violent recidivist has been declared a dangerous offender to be locked up indefinitely for kidnapping and raping a woman he abducted from a supermarket parking lot over two years ago.

Jean-Yves Migneault, 59, didn't blink an eye as Judge Lori Weitzman handed down her sentence.

When Migneault was found guilty of kidnapping and raping a 36-year-old woman from an IGA parking lot in April 2010, he'd also been convicted of harassing and threatening his girlfriend at the time. Previous break ups led him to commit similar sex crimes and armed holdups in the past 35 years.

While detained this time around, Migneault racked up 30 charges, including producing fake weapons and mischief such as breaking windows.

The judge took this all into account in her sentence, as well as the risk of repeat offences, Migneault's botched attempts at therapy, his impulsive behaviour and his unwillingness to change his ways.

Crown prosecutor Rachelle Pitre said keeping Migneault locked up indefinitely as a dangerous offender was the only way.

"No further action less severe than imprisonment for an indefinite period shall adequately protect the public especially women," Pitre said.

Migneault has pleaded no memory of his recent crimes, citing a blackout.

When and if Migneault is released, he'll be in the sex offenders registry for 20 years.

Photo: SPVM-Montreal police

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