More time for Bowden prisoner who assaulted staff
A Bowden Institution inmate with a history of violence will serve more time for assaulting a staff member who had been counselling him.
Shane Hinton, 35, pleaded guilty in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench to the attack, which occurred during a counselling session at the prison.
Justice Peter Clark heard from Crown prosecutor Jordan Petty that Hinton had attended a series of sessions with the woman and that a relationship had developed.
On March 24, 2011, an argument ensued during a meeting in which they were discussing their relationship. Hinton lost his temper, knocked the woman down and then laid on top of her, pinning her to the ground.
She asked him if he was going to rape her. He told her that he wanted her to feel as helpless as he feels, said Petty.
She was not seriously injured and did not immediately report the attack, he said.
The staff member met with Hinton three more times before reporting the incident to her supervisor, who then asked the RCMP in to investigate.
Petty joined defence counsel Nicole Sissons of Edmonton in asking for a sentence of 60 days, to be added onto the 18-year sentence Hinton is already serving for violent offences, including a series of sexual assaults.
Sissons said 60 days may not seem like a significant sentence for her client, who has been in prison since 2002. However, the new conviction will affect his eligibility for parole, which means he will serve significantly more time than he would have served otherwise.