Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Judge Reserves Dangerous Offender Decision on Leslie Black in Marlene Bird Case

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Judge Reserves Dangerous Offender Decision on Leslie Black in Marlene Bird Case

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Judge reserves decision on Leslie Black

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PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. - A judge will announce on Aug. 30 whether a Saskatchewan man who viciously beat a homeless woman before setting her on fire will be declared a dangerous offender.

Leslie Ivan Black pleaded guilty to attempted murder in the sexual assault of Marlene Bird in Prince Albert in 2014.

Bird's injuries were so serious, both legs had to be amputated and she lost much of her eyesight.

On Friday, Judge Stanley Loewen considered final arguments by the Crown and the defence in the case.

Defence lawyer Brent Little called Black's actions brutal, but argued the one-time offence does not mean his client will violently offend again.

A psychologist testified during the hearing that Black is not necessarily at a high risk to reoffend if he gets intensive, long-term therapy. …

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