Wednesday 17th of April 2024

Politicians in British Columbia are pointing fingers at the ongoing search for sexual offender Randall Hoply

Politicians in British Columbia are pointing fingers at the ongoing search for sexual offender Randall Hoply, who has been evading authorities since Saturday, sparking political calls for accountability.

"Residents of British Columbia are rightfully outraged that this individual was released without proper supervision," said Premier Abe on Monday.

Premier Abe placed blame on the Parole Board of Canada after Hoply left a Vancouver halfway house and removed his ankle bracelet. "The fact that he was able to walk away—the parole board did not have adequate control over him," Abe said.

BC United player Eleanor Sturko fired back. "The Premier needs to stop blaming Ottawa for everything," she said on Monday.

The reality is that Mr. Hoply was not released on parole; he was serving every day of his sentence. He was held in prison because of the danger he posed to society," Sturko said.

British Columbia's Attorney General, Niki Sharma, acknowledged on Monday that the stricter reverse onus bail reforms her government advocates for and that are still awaiting approval by the federal Senate are unlikely to apply to Hoply's recent alleged violations of his long-term supervision order, as these alleged breaches were not violent crimes.

"That doesn't mean there aren't other tools necessary for sexual violence, and we are investing in policing resources and making sure that our system can respond better," Sharma said.

Sturko stated on Monday that the Crown at a recent bail hearing for Hoply likely did not oppose bail. That was not the case. Sharma rushed to clarify on Monday that the Crown attorney did, in fact, oppose bail when Hoply was released before a trial set to begin on Monday in Vancouver's provincial court.

"The BC Prosecution Service informed me that they sought detention in this matter," Sharma said. "So, using existing laws and recognizing public safety is an issue, they sought to detain this individual."