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New Zealand Post Supreme Court judge declares Noel Avadluk a dangerous offender

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A Northwest Territories Supreme Court judge has ruled that repeat offender Noel Avadluk is a dangerous offender and is likely to harm others if released from prison.

Avadluk, from Kugluktuk, Nunavut, has 43 previous convictions, including six for assault and two for sexual assault.

On Wednesday, Judge Karan Shaner told the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories that Avadluk had “undoubtedly” demonstrated a pattern of violent behavior over the past two decades.

Offenders classified as dangerous offenders can be sentenced to indefinite prison terms. This classification in the Criminal Code is intended to protect Canadians from violent and sexual assault.

In her verdict, Shaner described a series of increasingly violent crimes that culminated in his final conviction for sexual assault in Yellowknife in 2014.

Shaner said Avadluk showed an “overwhelming” indifference toward his victims and would likely hurt someone again if he were released from prison.

She pointed out that Avadluk was an alcoholic with mental health problems who had himself been sexually abused.

A psychiatrist who previously testified on behalf of the prosecution said Avadluk scored 29 out of 40 on a checklist designed to determine psychopathic tendencies in people and concluded that the perpetrator suffered from antisocial personality disorder.

His lawyers called for a three-year prison sentence followed by long-term probation.

Avadluk told the court that he wanted help with his recovery.

However, Shaner is not convinced that this will be the case in three years. The public will be safer if Avadluk is behind bars.