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Dangerous offender hearing set for Halifax man who pleaded guilty in daytime sexual assault

Dangerous offender hearing set for Halifax man who pleaded guilty in daytime sexual assault
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HALIFAX—A hearing to consider a dangerous offender designation for a man who sexually assaulted a stranger in her Halifax home in June 2018 is scheduled to begin next month.

The Crown’s application to declare Sem Paul Obed a dangerous offender will be heard March 23.

A second hearing date has also been set for April 9 to consider a pre-sentence report that will examine factors in Obed’s cultural and socio-economic background.

Obed pleaded guilty in January to charges of aggravated sexual assault, choking to overcome resistance, breaking and entering, and breaching the terms of a peace bond by consuming or possessing alcohol.

The 49-year-old, originally from Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L., has a criminal record going back decades.

Police issued a high-risk offender notice in 2014 when Obed was released from federal prison, saying he was “a very high risk to reoffend in a sexual and violent manner.’’

The warning followed a Parole Board of Canada decision that said Obed has a well-established pattern of extreme violence that began at an early age.
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