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Justice officials, RCMP move to keep rapist in check

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Manitoba Justice officials and the RCMP are moving swiftly to keep a Winnipeg rapist in check now that he’s about to leave prison a free man.

Dalas Darcy Broekaert, 43, is to be released from Stony Mountain Institution on Sept. 21 after serving the bulk of an 11 1/2-year sentence for the brutal rape of a woman he grabbed off the street as she walked home from a St. Vital bar.

The Crown is seeking to place him under the strict terms of a two-year community supervision peace bond, believing it’s possible he may reoffend.

Broekaert was brought in front of provincial court Judge Brian Corrin Wednesday, where the Crown consented to him being released on bail conditions as he decides whether to contest the peace-bond bid and the requirements it would place on him.

Until the bond issue is decided, Broekaert will be bound by conditions including a nightly curfew and abstaining from drinking, taking drugs and possessing weapons. In addition, he must also report any romantic relationships he has to probation officials.

The facts of his June 18, 2000 crime are brutal. Broekaert grabbed the 37-year-old victim off the street as she walked home from the Dakota Motor Hotel and was not far from her apartment.

He dragged her to a secluded construction site and brutally assaulted her with an object.

The victim thought she was going to die, begging him: "Please don’t kill me. I don’t want to die like this. I have children," according to court records.

Instead of releasing her, Broekaert dragged the woman to another spot and assaulted her again. She managed to escape and sound the alert of what was happening before passing out.

The victim spent three weeks in hospital and required three surgeries to repair the physical damage. By the time Broekaert was sentenced 21 months after the crime, she was still in constant pain and discomfort, Judge Mary Kate Harvie said.

Broekaert professed being an alcoholic but had no prior history of violence.

Harvie ultimately found it was a mystery why he committed the rape. Doctors told court he claimed to have total amnesia about the crime and was concerned about being falsely accused.

Broekaert’s was a rare case where the courts "jumped" a joint recommendation made by the lawyers, who asked for a sentence in the range of seven to eight years. The Court of Appeal ultimately upheld the sentence Harvie imposed.

"While (Broekaert) is far from being the worst offender given his lack of related record, the facts of this case certainly make it close to being the worst offence," Harvie said.

james.turner@freepress.mb.ca

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