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Convicted rapist consents to monitoring

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A man responsible for a horrific random rape of a stranger consented this morning to let police and probation officers keep him in check now that he's out of prison.

Dalas Darcy Broekaert chose to scuttle a trial which was set to determine whether justice officials had the authority to monitor him and put conditions on his new-found freedom.

He instead elected to be bound by a slew of probation-like conditions for the next year. Among them: Broekaert must abide by a nightly curfew, not drink or do drugs, report any relationships he has with women and not possess any weapons.

He must also attend any treatment sessions as recommended by his probation officer.

Believing he was a risk to commit another violent offence, police rearrested Broekaert just before his release from Stony Mountain prison in September and applied for a rarely-used peace bond against him under section 810 of the Criminal Code.

He'd been behind bars serving the bulk of an eleven-and-a-half--year sentence for the brutal rape of a total stranger he grabbed off the street as she walked home from a St. Vital bar in June 2000.

He was granted bail soon after his recent re-arrest and has been conditionally free ever since.

Since then, Broekaert has been working, volunteering at a charitable organization and staying on the straight and narrow, provincial court Judge Lee Ann Martin was told.

"My understanding is that things have gone very well," Crown attorney Cindy Sholdice said.

Martin urged Broekaert to follow his conditions to the letter.

"We want to make sure the public is safe — there's public safety concerns," she told him.

On June 18, 2000, Broekaert grabbed a 37-year-old woman off the street as she walked home from the Dakota Motor Hotel. She was not far from the safety of 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 transcripts.

Instead of halting, however, Broekaert dragged the woman to another spot and assaulted her again.

She managed to escape and sound the alarm before passing out.

The victim spent three weeks in hospital and needed numerous surgeries to repair the physical damage she suffered.

By the time Broekaert was sentenced 21 months after his crime, she was still in constant pain and discomfort, court heard.

Broekaert disclosed having an alcohol problem, but he had no history of violence.

The Court of Appeal ultimately upheld the eleven-and-a-half-year sentence Harvie gave him, a prison term which went well beyond the range recommended by lawyers in the case.

 

james.turner@freepress.mb.ca

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