Bum pincher gets light sentence

CALGARY — A Calgary judge has decided that federal legislation which prohibits conditional sentences for sexual assault offences should not be applied to a serial bum pincher.

CALGARY — A Calgary judge has decided that federal legislation which prohibits conditional sentences for sexual assault offences should not be applied to a serial bum pincher.

Provincial court Judge Anne Brown said the objective of legislation was not to include such crimes.

“The Parliamentary intent is to address . . . serious violent offences that involve maximum penalties of 10 years or more and are indictable,” Brown ruled as she sentenced Francisco Amaya to nine months house arrest and two years probation.

Amaya, who has prior convictions for seven similar incidents, grabbed a stranger’s buttocks inside a grocery store in February 2008.

The Criminal Code prohibits conditional sentences for serious personal injury crimes, which are defined as indictable offences with a maximum of 10 years or more, or sexual assault offences.

But Brown said the wording flies in the face of comments made by federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson when changes to conditional sentence legislation were introduced.

She noted Nicholson repeatedly said it was the government’s intention to bar conditional sentences in cases of violent crimes where sentences of 10 years or more could be imposed.

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