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Repeat violent offender says no to counselling

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A chronic Winnipeg offender who severely injured a Good Samaritan trying to halt an aggressive panhandling incident has flatly refused demands by justice officials that he take substance abuse and anti-violence counselling.

"No," a defiant Perry Dean Antoine said after hearing the Crown's request as read to him by provincial court Judge Tracey Lord on Friday.

Police and prosecutors want Antoine, 52, to enter into a crime-prevention peace bond which would place checks on his freedom when his sentence fully expires Aug. 31.

The "810" orders, as they're known, are used to try and keep chronic violent offenders in check when they return to public life.

Antoine has more than 85 prior convictions, many of them for crimes of violence, along with hundreds of arrests under the Intoxicated Persons Detention Act.

Upon hearing the first few requirements read to him by Lord, Antoine accepted he'd be placed on a curfew and have to report often to probation officials.

The hearing stalled when the wheelchair-bound Antoine bluntly refused to take counselling.

"I've done all the programming in Stony Mountain," he told Lord. "Eight programs."

"Let's set a bail hearing," Crown attorney John Field told Lord. "(The counselling) is essential for the protection and safety of the public."

Antoine has been in prison serving an eight-year sentence handed to him in June 2006 for aggravated assault and assaulting a police officer and a Correctional Officer.

In March 2005, Antoine left a 60-year-old man with permanent brain damage following an incident on Portage Avenue. The victim was attacked by Antoine after he had stepped in to help a distressed woman whom Antoine was harassing.

Antoine shoved him to the ground and cracked his skull, leaving him in a child-like and confused state.

A bail hearing is set for Aug. 27. It's possible Antoine could be released on bail conditions when he's freed from prison and decides what to do about the peace bond. If he doesn't get bail, he will remain in custody until the bond issue is resolved.

james.turner@freepress.mb.ca

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