Victim expected to testify at offender hearing

A victim of a man who the Crown is attempting to have declared a dangerous offender is expected to testify today in Red Deer court.

A victim of a man who the Crown is attempting to have declared a dangerous offender is expected to testify today in Red Deer court.

The woman, who was attacked by Clement Joseph Robinson, 51, was a sex trade worker in Calgary in the early 1990s when she was assaulted.

Robinson was convicted in 1993 in Calgary for assaults on at least two prostitutes and sentenced to seven years in jail.

He has served two prison terms of four and a half years and seven years for sexual assaults on the young Calgary prostitutes and in Drumheller in 1982.

Two former victims were scheduled to testify on Thursday but both didn’t appear because of various medical reasons, provincial court Judge Thomas Schollie heard.

Testimony Thursday came from a Red Deer RCMP officer and two Correction Service Canada parole officers who handled Robinson following his releases from prison.

The hearing is expected to last another three weeks but only two days of testimony are scheduled next week.

The hearing will determine if Robinson should be declared a dangerous offender. That would allow authorities to have him serve an indefinite prison term followed by a lengthy supervision.

Robinson is already classed as a long-term offender who has been sentenced to set jail terms followed by supervision.

The hearing was sought by the Crown after Robinson pleaded guilty in June 2007 to assaulting a former Red Deer escort by stabbing her with scissors on Jan. 25, 2006.

He has been in custody since the 2006 stabbing.

Court heard earlier this week that Robinson could turn into a “monster” in a split second because of what his mother termed an organic brain disease.

Psychiatrists and psychologists are expected to testify later this month along with senior Corrections Canada officials.

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