Top court tosses 20-year sentence for dangerous offender

Alberta’s top court has ruled a man who violently attacked two women in southern Alberta is a “loaded gun with a hair trigger” and must be jailed indefinitely.

CALGARY — Alberta’s top court has ruled a man who violently attacked two women in southern Alberta is a “loaded gun with a hair trigger” and must be jailed indefinitely.

A judge originally declared Cory Bitternose a dangerous offender and sentenced him to 20 years minus time served — a decision Crown prosecutors appealed.

The Alberta Court of Appeal says the judge made a mistake and should have put Bitternose behind bars indefinitely.

Bitternose, who is from Saskatchewan, was driving a stolen truck in 2008, when he pulled up beside the two women as they were cycling home from a pub in Banff.

He offered them a ride but took them to a vacant lot instead and started beating them.

One woman managed to get away but her friend did not and was sexually assaulted.

Court heard Bitternose has a long history of criminal convictions involving violent attacks on men and women.

“The respondent has committed many very nasty and dangerous crimes against randomly selected innocent people, and it appears to be mere happenstance that one or more of his victims has not died,” the Appeal Court wrote in its decision released Tuesday.

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