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Title: Christopher McDonald - Dangerous Sex Offender
Post by: jellybean on February 07, 2013, 10:02:46 AM
http://www.thebarrieexaminer.com/2012/05/28/hookers-attacker-guilty-of-murder


Hookers' attacker guilty of murder


Tracy McLaughlin - Special to the Examiner

 Monday, May 28, 2012 9:32:59 EDT PM

A Barrie man who attacked and raped a local prostitute three years ago was sentenced to life in prison last Friday for the 2008 murder of a Guelph prostitute.

Christopher David McDonald, 38, was on trial before a jury in Guelph for the past month, charged in the first-degree murder and aggravated sexual assault of Corinne Burns.

His life sentence means he can apply for parole in 25 years.

The nude and battered body of the 29-year-old crack-addicted prostitute, who had mental illness, was found by a child in some bushes in a park near a public school in Guelph on May 27, 2008, likely two days after she was murdered.

McDonald was a key suspect in the murder, and Guelph police had him under surveillance when he moved to Barrie and attacked a woman here a year after the murder.

While under surveillance, police lost sight of McDonald when he walked behind a Mary Street home near the downtown liquor store with the woman on July 14, 2009.

Surveillance officers caught up to McDonald moments later as he was pulling his pants up at the scene. The woman lay half-naked and still, covered in blood.

The Barrie woman, who was also addicted to drugs and was developmentally challenged, suffered a broken nose, cheekbones and teeth as well as several bruises and lacerations to her face, head and body.

While McDonald denied the murder of the Guelph woman, he pleaded guilty to the vicious attack in the Barrie case and Crown attorney Lynn Saunders now wants him to be labelled as a dangerous offender and put away with no chance for applying for parole.

Even before the murder verdict, Saunders insisted McDonald is a danger to society, citing previous violent attacks on women.

In 1997, McDonald was sentenced to four years in prison for aggravated assault in Toronto.

In the 1997 incident, McDonald was a manager of a Pizza Hut franchise.

When a 55-year-old woman went into the washroom, McDonald came up behind her and struck her in the head repeatedly with a rolling pin. She received a broken arm and 80 staples in the head.

She managed to escape after she grabbed a potted plant and threw it at the store window to attract attention from people outside.

In yet another incident, McDonald was convicted after assaulting a woman in the washroom at the former SkyDome in Toronto in 2001.

While the Guelph jury that convicted McDonald of murder never knew about his lengthy violent history, it did know about the Barrie conviction - a point on which his defence lawyer is filing for an appeal.

Lawyer Angela McLeod, of Barrie, insists the jury was swayed after learning the details of the Barrie case and came up with a biased verdict.
"That information was so prejudicial to the jury," McLeod said.

While McDonald's semen was found on the body of the Guelph woman, McLeod insists that only proves he had sex with her, not that he murdered her.

"They didn't prove anything other than the fact that Christopher McDonald had sexual contact with a working prostitute. That's it, nothing more," McLeod said, noting she has already filed the appeal for her client.

McDonald will be back in Barrie court on Friday where dates for a lengthy dangerous offender hearing will be set.
Title: Re: Christopher McDonald - Dangerous Sex Offender
Post by: jellybean on February 07, 2013, 10:07:11 AM
http://www.thebarrieexaminer.com/2013/02/06/rape-preference-can-never-be-cured

(It is interesting to see how or court system works in this horrible case)
'Rape preference' can never be cured: forensic psychiatrist 0
 



By Tracy McLaughlin, Special to QMI AGENCY

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 9:43:46 EST PM

A Barrie man who attacked and brutally beat a Barrie woman and who has a history of violent sexual attacks on women has a sexual condition known as “rape preference” that can never be cured, a court heard Wednesday.
 
However, a daily dose of an anti-libido drug called Lupron could render him more or less chemically castrated and allow him to get out of prison and reintegrate safely into the community.
 
The drug is just one of several precautions Christopher McDonald, 39, is willing to do, a court heard during his dangerous-offender hearing in Barrie Superior Court.
 
Both the Crown attorney and the defence agree that there is no doubt McDonald should be declared a dangerous offender.
 
But rather than lock him up and throw away the key, they are jointly asking the judge to consider other sentencing options that will help him “hopefully” become a contributing member of society over a 20-year process.
 


The proposed sentence would include a 10-year prison sentence followed by a long-term supervision order (LTSO) of 10 years where he would live in the community under various levels of supervision, while taking the anti-libido drug.
 
In court, forensic psychiatrist Mark Pearce testified McDonald has a form of sexual paraphilia called coercive sexual preference, otherwise known as rape preference.
 
“There is something about him that causes him to become aroused if a person does not want sex,” explained the doctor. “He possesses an interest in violent sexual activity.”
 
Pearce said McDonald is “hard wired” and his condition cannot be undone.
 
“We can’t take that away anymore than we can take away a normal hetero-sexual predisposition out of someone.”
 
Although there is no “crystal ball” to predict his behavior, Pearce said McDonald is a moderate-to-high risk of violently sexually re-offending without the drug.
 
“It is my opinion Mr. McDonald is likely to re-offend violently, and sexually — absent intervention,” said Pearce. “If he were not on the medication I would be anxious if he were in the community.”
 
He said he was optimistic that by the time his total sentence ended in 20 years, McDonald would be 60 and his sexual drive would be naturally reduced and therefore less risk.
 
Crown attorney Ray Williams told the judge McDonald’s random attack on the Barrie woman was “reprehensible.”
 
“This was a vicious, appalling assault,” said Williams.
 
The woman, a local prostitute who suffered from crack addiction, was beaten to unconsciousness in the backyard of a Mary Street home on July 14, 2009.
 
McDonald was literally caught with his pants down at the scene as he was under surveillance by Guelph police for the murder of a Guelph woman a year earlier.
 
McDonald was later convicted by a jury in Guelph for the murder of 29-year-old Corinne Burns, whose battered body was found by a child in some bushes. He received a life sentence, but the case is now under appeal and so was not used as part of his record for the dangerous offender hearing, nor was the psychiatrist informed about the murder so as not to sway his prognosis. However other incidents of McDonald’s past were included in the hearing, including two violent attacks on women in Toronto.
 
“We can’t look at this with rose-coloured glasses,” said Williams. “This is an exercise to ensure the people of Ontario are safe.”
 
But the drug alone would not be enough, he said. McDonald would also have to take a second drug called anti-buse, which renders a person violently ill if they drink alcohol. He said McDonald must also participate in programs for violent sex offenders.
 
In court, McDonald’s defence lawyer, Angela McLeod, said her client is willing to take the drug and any other conditions the court orders.
 
In court the judge asked McDonald if there is anything he wanted to say.
 
“In the past, I haven’t heard the message,” said McDonald, standing in the prisoner’s box. “It is abundantly clear to me now the message that has been sent.”
 
“Isn’t there anything else you want to say to me?” asked the judge.
 
“No your honour,” he answered.
 
While the final decision is up to the judge, he is bound by Canadian law to consider the least restrictive sentence possible, while considering the safety of the community.
 
Justice Guy DiTomaso will announce his sentence Feb. 22.
Title: Re: Christopher McDonald - Dangerous Sex Offender
Post by: debbiec on February 07, 2013, 10:59:41 AM
It appears that this guy will be declared a dangerous offender, although the final decision will not be announced until later this month. Both the Crown attorney and defense agree that he should be declared a  dangerous offender. It's the "other sentencing options" that will "hopefully" help him become a contributing member of society that I don't like.

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Both the Crown attorney and the defence agree that there is no doubt McDonald should be declared a dangerous offender.
 
But rather than lock him up and throw away the key, they are jointly asking the judge to consider other sentencing options that will help him “hopefully” become a contributing member of society over a 20-year process.

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Pearce said McDonald is “hard wired” and his condition cannot be undone.
  “We can’t take that away anymore than we can take away a normal hetero-sexual predisposition out of someone.”
 
Although there is no “crystal ball” to predict his behavior, Pearce said McDonald is a moderate-to-high risk of violently sexually re-offending without the drug.
 
“It is my opinion Mr. McDonald is likely to re-offend violently, and sexually — absent intervention,” said Pearce. “If he were not on the medication I would be anxious if he were in the community.”

Who's going to make sure he takes his medication?





Title: Re: Christopher McDonald - Dangerous Sex Offender
Post by: leonagleant on February 07, 2013, 09:03:03 PM
Seems like people want to do everything possible to make concessions for this man rather than lock him up. Why is it so important he be integrated into society? Who needs him? It also sounds like the doctor is making excuses for his violent behavior. Saying someone is sexually aroused by rape is a slippery slope to saying someone just happens to be sexually aroused by raping children, torture, murder, sex with a corpse or any number of social deviant things.