A dangerous decision averted

It’s good news that Thane Aubrey Moore isn’t going to Dawson City. The decision wasn’t good for anyone.

It’s good news that Thane Aubrey Moore isn’t going to Dawson City.

The decision wasn’t good for anyone.

The New Brunswick judge’s ruling wasn’t good for Dawson City or the territory. And it certainly wasn’t doing Moore any favours either.

The violent felon is to be released from Dorchester Penitentiary on Sunday.

Until a last-minute change on Monday morning, he was expected to move to Dawson.

It’s a small town and it’s angry.

A petition against Moore was in the works, a poster campaign would have ensured his face was known throughout the Klondike and residents were urging local businesses not to hire him.

The fear and anger was understandable.

Moore’s not a nice customer.

In 1993, a 21-year-old Prince Edward Island woman picked up Moore, who was hitchhiking.

In return, he sexually assaulted her and kicked, punched and choked her into unconsciousness twice.

The woman was hospitalized for five days and suffered a pierced eardrum and required stitches to her mouth and right ear.

Today, Moore has served his entire 14-year sentence and leaves prison a mostly free man.

And, because of that, Moore is one of those terrible cases for which the legal system has no good answers.

The Parole Board of Canada considers him dangerous and at high risk to offend again, noting he still exhibits hostility towards women.

And so, the judge placed restrictions on his release, prohibiting alcohol, drugs and the possession of firearms. Moore also has to keep the peace and must report to the RCMP once a week.

He is also prohibited from visiting Whitehorse, where he has threatened 13 people and their families.

By placing Moore in Dawson City, the judge would have ensured the man was monitored.

There, it would have been difficult for Moore to lose himself in the crowds of a larger centre. In some ways, that might render him less dangerous to society.

But that would have been faint consolation to Dawson.

And putting him in a small town would have brought him into conflict with residents more often.

As a result, Moore’s own frustrations and anger would probably have been exacerbated.

It is impossible to believe Moore had much of a chance to establish a new life in such a place.

As well, there is little if any programming for Moore in the community, though it’s unlikely he would have sought it had it been available.

So, within a week some community will receive a dangerous new resident.

It won’t be Dawson.

And that’s probably for the best. (RM)

Just Posted

WYATT’S WORLD

Wyatt’s World

Whitehorse meeting on proposed Wildlife Act regulation changes draws large crowd

A public meeting about proposed regulation changes to the Yukon’s Wildlife Act… Continue reading

Bear conflicts in the Yukon down significantly in 2019, Environment Yukon says

There were 163 human-bear conflicts reported in 2019, with 33 bears in total killed

Faro mine remediation company, mayor charged for allegedly intimidating workers

Parsons Inc. and Len Faber are facing five charges each under the Occupation Health and Safety Act

Promising Chinook salmon run failed to materialize in the Yukon, river panel hears

Tens of thousands of fish disappeared between Yukon River mouth and Canadian border

IBU World Cup season starts for Nadia Moser and Team Canada

“It is good to have the first races finished”

Gold Nugget Championship puts spotlight on Yukon figure skaters

The event also served as trials for the upcoming Arctic Winter Games

Glacier Bears compete at Christmas Cracker swim meet in Victoria

The Whitehorse club had nearly two dozen top-10 finishes

New program aims to return kids in care to their communities

All 14 Yukon First Nations signed on to the guiding principles document for Honouring Connections

Whitehorse council approves the purchase of a transit app

Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition raises other issues with bus service

City news, briefly

Some of the decisions made at the Whitehorse city council meeting Dec. 9

Destruction Bay man dies after snowmobile falls through ice on Kluane Lake

Yukon RCMP located the body of Walter Egg, 68, about 250 metres from the shoreline Dec. 10

Commentary: Yukon firearm owners need a voice in Ottawa

Are Yukoners being effectively represented in Ottawa?

Most Read