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Threat claims delay rapist’s sentencing

<p>A convicted rapist who pleaded guilty to a series of sexual assaults that terrorized a northeast community last year must wait another two months to learn his fate.</p>




A convicted rapist who pleaded guilty to a series of sexual assaults that terrorized a northeast community last year must wait another two months to learn his fate.





Twenty-two-year-old Andrew Aurie Jefferson was sent back to jail two days after arriving in the forensics unit for psychiatric testing where he reportedly threatened staff, resulting in a delay in his mental assessment.





Crown Prosecutor Grant Schorn said Jefferson allegedly threatened nursing staff and the psych report couldn’t be completed because of his actions.





But defence attorney Tonii Roulston said the threats weren’t made against staff but against Jefferson.





“Oftentimes accused persons who are charged with these kinds of offences have altercations with other inmates. Everyone else knows why they are in protective custody,” Roulston said yesterday outside court.





Inside the courtroom, Roulston applied to have Dr. David Tano, the doctor assigned to assess her client, taken off of the case because of possible problems arising from the situation.





Justice Sandy Park denied her request.





“If I did that I’d be opening the door to the defence and the Crown to be cherry-picking psychiatrists in the future,” he ruled.





Jefferson had many women in the community of Falconridge living in fear in 2006 after he raped two women and threatened them with knives on April 8 and May 10 and assaulted a third woman on March 18.




krista.sylvester@metronews.ca














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  • His case has been set over until Nov. 13 to allow Dr. Tano the requested 30-60 additional days to complete the assessment.



 
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