Therapist defends sex offender

A convicted sex offender who is now the subject of a dangerous offender application did well while receiving treatment in custody and appeared to be sincere about changing his behaviour, one of his former therapists testified Tuesday.

Dianne Deminchuk, a nurse with the Correctional Service of Canada, told court she started working with Randy Scott Burgmann at the Regional Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon in the summer of 1999, and seemed to be making a sincere attempt to work through his issues.

“He was motivated to make changes,” she said. “He was motivated to understand why he reoffended.”

Deminchuk said that by the time Burgmann applied for day parole early in 2000, she believed his risk was lowered to the point where he could be managed in the community with enough support.

Burgmann’s most recent offence occurred early in 2004, when he assaulted a 30-year-old mother of seven inside his room at a Regina halfway house. He was convicted of aggravated assault at a trial in September 2005.

The Crown is seeking to have Burgmann declared a dangerous offender, which would see the 45-year-old imprisoned indefinitely. Justice Catherine Dawson could also choose to find Burgmann a long-term offender, where he would serve a fixed term in custody and then be subject to strict monitoring in the community. Dawson can also impose a fixed sentence.

Burgmann’s record for violent sexual offences dates back nearly 20 years to 1989, when he raped a co-worker’s girlfriend while out on bail for a violent offence against a different woman. He committed two more violent sexual assaults within hours of his release from prison on those charges.

Burgmann came to Regina after his sentence expired in January 2004 and was rearrested just two months later, after a woman was found wet, bleeding and unconscious in a back alley near the halfway house where Burgmann had been living.

Burgmann later admitted the woman had been in his apartment, but said the two had consensual sex and the woman was injured by accident as he “played around.” The woman spent several days in hospital, and required surgery to repair wounds to her vagina.

Documents written by Burgmann during his sex offender treatment in prison — and entered as evidence at his hearing this week — detail Burgmann’s anger, his experiences with prostitutes, and his violent impulses toward women.

“This b—h is going to die,” he writes in one document, recalling his thoughts about assaulting a prostitute. “She needs to be humiliated badly. She is going to pay dearly for what she did.”

Other thoughts documented by Burgmann include “can’t kill her in this park” and “If it weren’t for women I wouldn’t be f—–d up.”

Describing his feelings at the time of one of the assaults, Burgmann writes “fear, powerful, god-like.”

The hearing is to continue today at Regina’s Court of Queen’s Bench, and is scheduled to last two weeks.

Published in: on December 5, 2007 at 4:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

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