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General Discussion / Re: PEEPING TOMS
« Last post by discus on December 10, 2014, 05:59:53 PM »
This is good news, rather than allowing his crimes to escalate.

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General Discussion / Re: PEEPING TOMS
« Last post by jellybean on December 10, 2014, 05:35:12 PM »
http://www.lfpress.com/2013/08/27/bradley-priestap-48-of-london-was-found-guilty-tuesday-of-12-charges

By Jane Sims, The London Free Press

 Tuesday, August 27, 2013 8:06:42 EDT PM

The doors have slammed shut on Western University’s serial prowler.

With the 12 guilty verdicts Bradley Priestap was dealt Tuesday, out of 16 charges against him, the habitual peeping Tom — who has a long criminal record — now faces the possibility authorities will apply to declare him a dangerous or long-term offender when he’s sentenced.
Included among the convictions against Priestap were two counts of voyeurism and one of breaking into a student house to commit voyeurism.

Middlesex County Crown attorney Mary Potter told Superior Court Justice Thomas Carey she will seek the Ontario Attorney-General’s permission to have Priestap, 48, assessed by a psychiatrist for the sentencing.

It turns Priestap is the poster child in Canadian law for the definition of prowling. Potter submitted a 2006 decision by Ontario’s highest court that included the legal definition of prowling from a case in which Priestap was re-convicted of snooping around a farm in Huron County while a woman brought in her laundry after tucking her children in bed.

The judge roundly rejected Priestap’s testimony in the London case that he was in the mainly student neighbourhood south of Western’s main gates a year ago searching for an amateur adult porn producer who’d ripped him off.

“Many, many parts of Mr. Priestap’s story are ridiculous,” Carey said.

He said Priestap’s account “borders on laughable.”

The Crown contended Priestap had been prowling around the area for weeks — jiggling door handles, peering in windows and scaling fire escapes of student homes. His victims were of similar height, all with long blond hair.

London police followed him on Sept 28, 2012, the night he was arrested, as they watched him look in windows and enter backyards of multiple properties and lurk around the area.

At trial, he claimed he was looking for a man he knew as Rob or Rocco, who’d used Priestap’s camera to shoot pornographic images and then sell them to Priestap. He said Rob had taken him to “wild” university parties, but he didn’t know Rob’s last name, his full phone number or address.

He denied breaking into a house and taking photos of a woman as she slept, or snapping shots of another through her window as she undressed.

Priestap suggested he saw the photos after Rob had returned the camera and believed they’d been taken off a professional porn film. He paid for the pictures and was promised a local film featuring university women. Priestap said he paid for the unmade film but never saw Rob again.

Priestap didn’t deny he made other sex-related videos and photos — some, featuring him having sex with women — on a camcorder found in a car the night of his arrest.

But the judge called Priestap’s account “convulted, rambling” — that he was “tripped up” at times, and kept referring to his “story.”

That, Carey said, “gave an air of fiction to what he was telling the court.”

Carey said the testimony had “had an air of unreality at times,” and was “an affront to common intelligence.”
“It was as if Mr. Priestap didn’t know what was coming next,” he said.

Priestap, he said, presented his evidence with “a level of detachment” he’d rarely seen in 32 years in court.The judge noted “the large number of times” Priestap was in the area when police began tracking his car through a GPS device.

The idea that he’d be searching for a man whose address he didn’t know, late at night, had “no sense of common sense.”

The camcorder found in the car, along with a bag Priestap was seen carrying out of his house, later found to contain suspicious items, had duct tape over the camera flash. Found in the bag was a roll of duct tape, a black toque, flashlight, screwdriver, bottle of water and two apples – items Carey determined were break-in instruments.

Carey said Rob could have been “an imaginary friend” of Priestap.

He also said there’s “no doubt in my mind” Priestap broke into a house in August, stood over a bed in the basement where two women were sleeping and took photos of a sleeping Western student with the camera later found in the car.

The same logic applied to secret shots taken through a window of another Western woman.

But Carey couldn’t find that Priestap’s actions at a house where several women lived — one testified she saw him on the back deck — and at another, where he was seen peeking in a window, met the legal definition of criminal harassment.

He agreed Priestap had been at the homes, but dismissed two prowling charges while finding Priestap guilty of eight others.

Priestap’s previous record includes convictions for sexual assault, forcible confinement, breaking and entering and prowling.

jane.sims@sunmedia.ca
 
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General Discussion / Re: PEEPING TOMS
« Last post by jellybean on December 10, 2014, 03:03:16 PM »
This peeping tom is scary. Follow link to see picture.

http://www.mississauga.com/news-story/3127619-meadowvale-peeping-tom-suspect-arrested/

Aug 10, 2012   |  Vote  0     0 

Meadowvale Peeping Tom suspect arrested

A Mississauga man has been charged with a number of offences after several women reported that someone was spying on them at night.
 
Peel Regional Police say the incidents occurred in Meadowvale and involved a man who watched women while they were in their homes, usually at night and from their backyards.


Joao Pereira Goncalves, 48, is charged with mischief, criminal harassment and two counts of trespass by night.
 Anyone with information is asked to call police at 905-453-2121, ext. 1133.
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General Discussion / Re: PEEPING TOMS
« Last post by jellybean on December 10, 2014, 02:52:43 PM »
http://www.oyetimes.com/news/canada/6300-peeping-tom-on-the-loose-in-oshawa-ontario

October/2010

PEEPING TOM ON THE LOOSE IN OSHAWA ONTARIO
Police are appealing to all residents of Durham Region to report any incidents involving night-time trespassers on or near their residential properties.

 On Thursday July 8, 2010 at approximately 12:45 a.m. officers from Central East Division responded to a residence on Niagara Street for a suspicious person call. The female resident at this location had observed a lone male peering into her basement bathroom window. The suspect fled upon detection by the victim. Responding officers searched the vicinity with negative results. To date, no arrests have been made. The suspect is described as: male, white, with brown hair and unknown clothing.

 The second incident occurred multiple times at the same residence on Erindale Circle in Oshawa during the last two weeks of July. The female residents at this location reported seeing an unknown male suspect on several different occasions, peering into the windows of their residence. Upon detection by the victim, the suspect would flee into a wooded area nearby. Responding officers searched the vicinity each time with negative results. To date, no arrests have been made. The suspect is described as: male, white, 18-25 years, short black or brown hair.

 Both investigations are ongoing and police are appealing for information leading to the identities of those suspects responsible. It is not known if these reported occurrences are related.
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General Discussion / PEEPING TOMS
« Last post by jellybean on December 10, 2014, 02:44:46 PM »
http://www.lfpress.com/2014/08/25/convicted-western-university-peeping-tom-may-finally-have-new-lawyer

This article is from August 2014.

Convicted Western University peeping tom may finally have new lawyer 0   
By Jane Sims, The London Free Press

A year after he was found guilty of harassing Western University women, a serial peeping tom might finally have a lawyer for his sentencing.

Bradley Priestap, 48, was back in court Monday promising to speak next week to new defence lawyer Daniel Brodsky of Toronto.

Priestap was convicted of 12 charges in August 2013, for a string of incidents that included eight counts of prowling, two counts of voyeurism, one count of breaking and entering to commit voyeurism and possession of break-in tools.

Young women, many who were residing in their first apartments, were terrorized by Priestap who would peek in windows, jiggle door knobs and scale fire escapes.

In one incident, a woman awoke to Priestap standing over her.

He has a long criminal history for similar crimes.

Finding a lawyer is a sure-fire indication that the case before the London courts may finally lurch ahead after months of delay. That will happen, Superior Court Justice Andrew Goodman was assured, once a psychiatrist assigned to the case finishes his report after assessing Priestap.

Assistant Crown attorney Brian White asked for a week extension for the doctor — which was granted.

The Crown plans to make an application to the provincial attorney-general to start an application that would argue Priestap should be declared a dangerous or long-term offender.

Priestap said he opposed giving the psychiatrist an extension.

Goodman said a week wasn’t unreasonable.

Priestap returns to court on Sept. 9.

jane.sims@sunmedia.ca

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Winnipeg - After 1990 / Re: Fonassa Bruyere - Unsolved Murder - Winnipeg (August 2007)
« Last post by SAP on December 10, 2014, 02:42:17 AM »
These kids started in 2005 ... they were just children, 15 to 16 years old!

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/dead-teens-tied-to-drug-lair-56314977.html

The family of a sexually exploited teenager slain two years ago says she was linked to the same sex-for-drugs ring as two other Winnipeg teens whose bodies were recently found.
Fonassa Lynn Bruyere, 17, was a joking teen with glimmering eyes whose tragically truncated life included a crowd of men who exploited her, relatives say.
They say two years after her death police still have not told them details about how Fonassa died, or the abuse she might have suffered beforehand.
Fonassa's body was found on Aug. 30, 2007, near Ritchie Street and Mollard Road in northwest Winnipeg. At the time, police confirmed her death was a homicide and that she was last seen on Aikins Street in the North End.
"I'd like to know who did this to her and why, and how she died," Maureen Bruyere said Sunday afternoon -- two years to the day her daughter's remains were found.
She said she last saw her daughter on Aug. 8, the night before Fonassa disappeared, after the two had a brief argument.
The victim's sister, Tracy Bruyere, 20, told the Free Press on Sunday that she and her sister would frequent a Burrows Avenue home where men would give teenaged girls crack cocaine. Some of the girls traded sex for drugs.
Two other young women recently found dead -- Cherisse Houle, 17, on July 1; and Hillary Wilson 18, on Aug. 20 -- had also provided police with statements about the Burrows Avenue home, sources told the Free Press last week.
RCMP called the circumstances of Houle's death suspicious and are awaiting toxicology results.
The Mounties confirmed Wilson's death is a homicide, although the cause of death has not been released.
Tracy Bruyere said police have never questioned her about her visits to the Burrows Avenue home. She said she was not aware if her sister had provided information to police or authorities about the residence.
In 2007, Fonassa's death prompted aboriginal leaders to demand a task force dedicated to looking at cases of missing and slain native women.
Last week, the task force became a reality. RCMP Asst. Commissioner Bill Robinson, Winnipeg police Chief Keith McCaskill and Justice Minister Dave Chomiak announced they would assign seven officers and two criminal analysts to investigate all missing and homicide cases involving high-risk females.
The task force will receive an unspecified amount of funding and officers will be transferred from existing units, officials said.
Tracy, who was older than Fonassa by one year, said she and her sister played lookout for each other and tried to provide security from the men who cruised Aikins Street.
Tracy said she last saw Fonassa get into the cab of a green two-door truck with tinted windows on Aug. 9 at about 6 a.m. near Aikins Street and Selkirk Avenue.
She noticed the Caucasian man inside the truck had short hair, a moustache and a big nose before he raced away.
She said she does not know if the vehicle had a Manitoba licence plate.
"She never came back," said Tracy, who admitted she was concerned after her sister did not return to Aikins within 20 to 30 minutes.
She said the unfamiliar truck circled Fonassa and her sister repeatedly before stopping and picking up the younger sibling.
Tracy said the two regularly travelled together, including to a Burrows Avenue home known for trading crack cocaine to sexually exploited young women.
She said the two went to the home together on four or five occasions around 2005, and they had another close friend who frequently went there.
She believes Fonassa may have gone to the home without her on other occasions.
There were five to seven older men at the home when she was there, she said.
Sometimes, the men would travel by foot to solicit women in the neighbourhood and offer drugs in exchange, she said.
At least one man -- not connected to the Burrows Avenue home -- who sexually exploited women had threatened Fonassa and her family, said her mother and sister.
Sagkeeng First Nation Chief Donovan Fontaine said Sunday he had a meeting earlier this year with Winnipeg Police Service investigators and Fonassa's grandmother, Janet Bruyere. Police told them they are seeking "persons of interest" in connection with the case, Fontaine said.
"These things are very slow," he said, adding he's confident officers are working diligently to crack the case.
Janet Bruyere said police told her they had questioned people in connection with Fonassa's death, but concluded those men should not be charged.
She said she wants officers to tell her more about her granddaughter's cause of death.
Fontaine said he applauds the provincial task force but would like to see it stepped up to a national level, and widened to include non-policing officials.
gabrielle.giroday@freepress.mb.ca
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 31, 2009 A3
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I Care:
A list of unidentified human remains are listed here, captured by a member some time ago:

http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php?topic=4113.0

I tried one of the ID numbers on google and found that Invisionfree still has all the info regarding them. Not only Invisionfree, the Doe Network and other orgs have them listed.

eta:
http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php?topic=164.0

There is more info on some of these on the www also.
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Barrie / Re: Alexandra Flanagan - 33 - Murdered - July 2007 - Barrie, ON
« Last post by Concerned on December 09, 2014, 09:30:25 PM »
More delays and bumped dates. Here is an update.

Barrie's Flanagan family prepping for trial of daughter's accused killer
Alexandra Flanagan
Barrie Advance
By  Janis Ramsay
Nov 13, 2013

Wendy and Gerry Flanagan stepped into a Barrie courtroom Tuesday to once again see the man accused of killing their daughter, Alexandra.

Innsfil’s Andrew Keene, 31, is facing a second-degree murder charge and a charge of performing an indignity to a body after Flanagan’s dismembered body was discovered in various wooded areas throughout Barrie in 2007 and 2008.

Keene was arrested in October 2011 and has remained behind bars awaiting trial.

Keene’s lawyer, Mitch Eisen, told Justice E.B. Minden his client isn’t needed for a Dec. 11 pretrial date in Newmarket, but Keen could come to the Dec. 20 date in Barrie, where it’s anticipated trial dates will be set.

Flanagan went missing in July 2007 and was last seen last by friends in Sunnidale Park.

http://www.simcoe.com/news-story/4207556-barrie-s-flanagan-family-prepping-for-trial-of-daughter-s-accused-killer/

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Whatever happened to the suspect they identified. I can't find any information or an update.


Oddly, and most likely not related, there is an author named Nicole Brook from Alberta, who writes a children's book series called "The Amazing Adventures of Abigail Andrews."

http://abigailandrewsseries.com
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Calgary / Re: Amber Alert declared for boy, 5, Nathan O'Brien
« Last post by Concerned on December 09, 2014, 08:00:40 PM »
Blessings to William Neisler, of North Carolina, for his warm heart and generosity to Nathan and his family. Nathan's family are so humble and gallant. What a wonderful gesture for these parents to help other children in honor of Nathan.


Parents of Nathan O'Brien establish charity: 'We're exchanging grief for hope'

CTVNews.ca Staff
Published Wednesday, October 29, 2014 4:23PM EDT

The parents of a five-year-old Calgary boy who disappeared in June have set up a new charity to honour his memory.

Four months after Nathan O’Brien vanished, along with his grandparents, his parents have established the Nathan O’Brien Children’s Foundation with the help of a man in North Carolina who was touched by the family’s tragic story.

The five-year-old had been staying over with his grandparents, Alvin and Kathy Liknes, on the weekend the trio went missing. Their disappearance prompted a massive search.

Though their bodies have never been located, Nathan and his grandparents are presumed dead. Douglas Garland has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one charge of second second-degree murder in connection with their deaths.

The family says they want to help their son’s spirit live on by helping other children fulfill their dreams.

Nathan’s father, Rod O’Brien, says the endowment fund is also an opportunity for his family to heal.

“We’re exchanging grief for hope, and we’re moving forward as a family, we’re reinventing ourselves,” Rod O’Brien said in an interview with CTV Calgary.

Many people were touched by the tragedy, including William Neisler, of North Carolina, who reached out to the family. Neisler has donated $1 million to establish the charitable foundation.

“Just seeing the picture of Nathan; that innocent, angelic face of his,” Neisler said. “It just tugged at my heart.”

Neisler said Nathan’s parents “just don’t want to mourn” their son for the rest of their lives.

“They want to move beyond that and do something positive in his memory,” Neisler said.

The O’Briens will choose charities each year and give grants with the interest earned on the $1 million.

The gifts will benefit disadvantaged children with a focus on health, safety and sports.

“This charity is helping lift us up and our charities of choice,” Nathan’s mother, Jennifer O’Brien said. “So together, I think it’s a really beautiful thing.”

Registered in North Carolina, the charity’s incorporation documents said the foundation is “committed to honouring the memory of Nathan O’Brien and his legacy of compassion and kindness by helping improve the lives of children … giving them the opportunity to live, hope and pursue their dreams.”

Rod O’Brien calls the charity “a miracle.”

“Most people never get this opportunity that’s been granted to us to do something for our son Nathan in his name.”

With a report by CTV’s Bill Mcfarlane

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/parents-of-nathan-o-brien-establish-charity-we-re-exchanging-grief-for-hope-1.2077733
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