Dangerous offender hearing for Cory Bitternose continues

The dangerous offender hearing for Cory Bitternose, who has a history of violent assaults and robberies that spans two decades, is continuing this week.

The dangerous offender hearing for Cory Bitternose is continuing this week.

Bitternose has a history of violent assaults and robberies that spans two decades.

Most recently he pleaded guilty to sex assault and kidnapping in a case involving two women in Banff in 2009. 

"One of the psychiatrists who has testified already, his recommendation is that Mr. Bitternose is capable of being treated in the community and being managed in the community, so ultimately that is the central issue for the defence and that's what we intend to argue," said Bitternose's lawyer Pawel Milczarek.

That psychiatrist, Dr. Thomas MacKay, said Bitternose has a moderate-to-high risk to re-offend, but believes he can be treated. He does not support dangerous offender status. 

"I believe an indeterminate sentence leaves an individual with the sense there's nothing they can do to get themselves out of an incarcerated state," MacKay said. "That reduces motivation quite a bit." 

He does support 10 years of community supervision. 

MacKay says Bitternose doesn't perceive himself as frustrated until he's already there and "that happens quickly," and he sees violence as a way of solving problems. 

The dangerous offender hearing for Bitternose has been going on for a couple of years.