Date for Randall Hopley dangerous offender hearing delayed again

CRANBROOK, B.C. – It will be many more weeks before the public learns whether the man who abducted little Kienan Hebert from his home and then returned him days later will be given an indefinite prison sentence.

Randall Hopley, 47, appeared before a B.C. Supreme Court justice via video conference Monday, where a judge heard that a psychiatric assessment to determine whether Hopley should be named a dangerous offender is complete, but it will be the new year before the contents are made public.

The matter was adjourned until Jan. 14.

Justice Heather Holmes heard Monday that more time is needed to study the new report before the sentencing hearing can proceed. Lawyers for the defence and Crown said they’d just received the report Monday, although it was dated Nov. 4.

“We just today received the experts report as to whether he should be found a dangerous or long-term offender,” Hopley’s lawyer, Bill Thorne, said in an interview with The Canadian Press.

“I haven’t had a chance to review it thoroughly, nor have I had a chance to explain it to my client.”

Hopley abducted three-year-old Kienan from his home in Sparwood, B.C., last September, only to return him unharmed four days later.

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