Dangerous offender designation was the final result in a Saanich sex assault case.
In July 2008, a sex assault was reported to the Saanich Police. An extensive investigation led by Saanich Police detectives resulted in identifying the suspect as Robert Charles Lawrence, 34 years of age.
• Sexual assault
• Overcoming resistance by strangulation
At trial, a conviction was registered. Given a history of violent and sexual offences, Crown then took the exceptional step of attempting to have Lawrence designated as a ‘Dangerous Offender.’
A hearing was held in July 2011, and the finding was delivered yesterday in Victoria Supreme Court. The finding designated Robert Lawrence as a ‘Dangerous Offender’ which carries with it an indeterminate sentence to prison.