Probation ‘exercise in futility’ for accused in sex crimes, court told – Winnipeg Free Press


Months earlier than Winnipeg police arrested Miguel Giasson for a string of alleged intercourse crimes, a courtroom was warned he posed a “well-above common” danger to reoffend and had made no effort to co-operate with probation authorities.

Giasson, 24, was arrested Sept. 7, and charged with breaking into a house and three counts of committing an indecent act, in reference to three separate incidents.

Police stated a suspect broke right into a Wolseley house July 31, and tried to drive himself on certainly one of two girls inside. The girl was capable of fend off the attacker, who ran away earlier than police arrived.

Regulation officers stated they’ve linked the suspect to 2 earlier indecent acts: July 25, in a washroom at Military Navy & Air Power Veterans in Canada department on Ellice Avenue; and Oct. 25, 2021, in a public laundry room in Osborne Village.

In February, Giasson was sentenced to the equal of 105 days served for assaulting a Winnipeg Transit inspector and two counts of failing to adjust to a bail order. Courtroom heard Giasson was sleeping on a bus Sept. 16, 2021, when he shoved a responding Transit inspector.


Miguel Giasson was arrested Sept. 7, and charged with breaking into a house and three counts of committing an indecent act, in reference to three separate incidents.

Giasson was launched on bail however rearrested in November, after he was present in possession of a knife (a breach of his launch situations) and had did not report back to his probation officer.

Courtroom was instructed at that listening to Giasson had been sentenced to 2 years probation following a 2020 conviction for committing an indecent act and was underneath the supervision of probation companies’ grownup intercourse offender unit.

“He was assessed as a really excessive danger to reoffend typically, and a well-above common danger to offend sexually,” Crown legal professional Vuk Mitrovic instructed provincial courtroom Decide Heather Pullan.

Giasson later served 120 days in custody for “a number of incidents of non-compliance” along with his probation order and failing to take part in counselling.

“He actually has not carried out any rehabilitative programming,” Mitrovic stated.

“He actually has not carried out any rehabilitative programming.”–Crown legal professional Vuk Mitrovic

Courtroom heard Giasson is homeless, doubtless lives with fetal alcohol spectrum dysfunction, and has a historical past of substance abuse, most lately involving methamphetamine.

In accordance with a report from his probation officer, Giasson’s “ongoing non-compliance” made it unimaginable for probation companies to handle his danger locally, Mitrovic stated.

“The probation officer truly signifies that they hope the courtroom determines choices aside from probation supervision… for managing his danger to the neighborhood.”

The Crown urged Pullan to contemplate a time period of supervised probation, arguing it was crucial to handle resistance to counselling and therapy. Defence lawyer Kaitlynn Porath opposed probation for her consumer, saying it’s to be imposed as a assist, not a punishment, and would solely serve to “hold him in a cycle of detention.”

In a uncommon transfer, Pullan positioned a cellphone name to Giasson’s probation officer, who instructed courtroom Giasson’s lack of co-operation made probation fruitless.

“The difficulty with Miguel is he doesn’t present up for any appointments,” the probation officer stated. “If he doesn’t purchase in, it’s actually an train in futility… If we will’t discover him and he doesn’t present up… it’s unrealistic for me to say it could work.”

Ultimately, the choose determined to not impose probation.

Pullan stated given Giasson’s substance abuse points and different challenges, she was glad his lack of co-operation with probation companies was not an indication he had a “cavalier disregard” for courtroom orders.

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Dean Pritchard

Dean Pritchard
Courts reporter

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