Jacob apprehended in Vancouver

Convicted “sadistic” rapist Marcellus Norman Jacob is back in custody in a BC penitentiary after three days on the lam.

Convicted “sadistic” rapist Marcellus Norman Jacob is back in custody in a BC penitentiary after three days on the lam.

Jacob, a former Whitehorse resident, turned himself in to a downtown Vancouver parole office at around 4 p.m. Wednesday, said Vancouver police spokesperson Howard Chow on Thursday.

Police were called and Jacob was apprehended without incident.

The Correctional Service of Canada issued a Canada-wide warrant on Sunday, after Jacob failed to return to his Vancouver-area halfway house.

When Jacob was 21, he broke into a Whitehorse woman’s home through a kitchen window and, for more than six hours, repeatedly raped, tortured and assaulted her in a “brutal and sadistic fashion,” according to a National Parole Board report.

For that crime, Jacob was sentenced to seven years in prison for break-and-enter and sexual assault with a weapon.

He’d served 4.5 years of that sentence when he was released to a halfway house on October 27.

Jacob’s whereabouts over his three days missing cannot be divulged, said Correctional Service of Canada spokesperson Dennis Finlay.

Police and courts will determine whether Jacob will face new charges.

By not returning to his halfway house Jacob did not break any laws, but he breached a condition of his release, said Finlay.

Now authorities must decide whether Jacob poses an “undue threat to the community” and will serve more time in prison or if he should be released back into a halfway house.

Jacob’s parole officer has 30 days to determine whether to refer the matter to the parole board for review, said National Parole Board spokesperson Evelyn Blair.

Then the parole board would hold a public hearing to determine whether Jacob will remain in prison or be returned to a halfway house.

If Jacob returns to prison, he would be up for statutory release again after serving two-thirds of the remainder of his sentence, said Blair.

Jacob’s current sentence ends on February 26, 2009. (LC)

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