Nova Scotia

James Duncan Keats, former paramedic, sees sentencing delayed

The sentencing of former Nova Scotia paramedic James Duncan Keats on two convictions for sexual assault has been delayed.

Crown wants Keats sentenced as a long-term offender

Former paramedic James Duncan Keats was charged with sexual assault in May 2013. (CBC)

The sentencing of former Nova Scotia paramedic James Duncan Keats on two convictions for sexual assault has been delayed.

The justice who presided at Keats's jury trial, Felix Cacchione, is ill and was unable to hear the case. Keats is also in the process of retaining a new lawyer and that lawyer, Lyle Howe, was not ready to proceed with sentencing on Monday.

The Crown is seeking to have Keats declared a long-term offender, which would mean he'd be subject to supervision in the community for up to ten years following whatever prison sentence he receives.

Keats is already serving a four-year prison sentence for a previous rape conviction. He was convicted of sexually assaulting a 71-year-old woman in her Annapolis Valley home. He is appealing both his sentence and conviction in that case.

A total of six women accused Keats of sexually assaulting them while he worked as a paramedic. Three of those cases resulted in convictions.

Keats was acquitted in two cases and the sixth case did not go to trial.