Supreme Court of Canada declines to hear Yukon circle sentencing case

The man was given jail time despite the recommendations of a community sentencing circle

Canada’s highest court has declined to hear the case of Yukon man who was given jail time for sexual exploitation despite the recommendations of a community sentencing circle.

The Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an application for leave to appeal from “E.O.,” whose real name is covered by a publication ban, on Nov. 28.

The court does not give reasons for dismissing applications.

E.O. had applied to the court in August, arguing that a Yukon territorial court judge and the Yukon court of Appeal were wrong to disregard his sentencing circle’s recommendation that he be given a conditional sentence instead of jail time.

E.O. had pleaded guilty in 2018 to sexually exploiting his wife’s then-17-year-old niece, with the trial judge sentencing him to 15 months in jail. A sentencing circle held in his home community, however, had recommended he be given a nine-month-long community supervision plan.

E.O. unsuccessfully appealed to the Yukon Court of Appeal, which found the trial judge was right to give minimal weight to the sentencing circle’s input. The appeal court found that the circle had been largely attended by E.O.’s friends and family members, that participants expressed a “considerable” amount of victim-blaming, and that there was little input of the victim herself.

E.O. argued that excluding the sentencing circle’s recommendation was a “a direct and powerful blow to efforts to promote understanding of indigenous perspectives on sentencing and the involvement of indigenous communities in the process.”

Supreme Court

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Dawson the dog sits next to the Chariot Patrick Jackson has loaded and rigged up to walk the Dempster Highway from where it begins, off the North Klondike Highway, to the Arctic Circle. (Submitted)
Walking the Dempster

Patrick Jackson gets set for 405-kilometre journey

Liberal leader Sandy Silver speaks outside his campaign headquarters in Dawson City following early poll results on April 12. (Robin Sharp/Yukon News)
BREAKING: Minority government results will wait on tie vote in Vuntut Gwitchin

The Yukon Party and the Liberal Party currently have secured the same amount of seats

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
YUKONOMIST: The Neapolitan election

Do you remember those old bricks of Neapolitan ice cream from birthday… Continue reading

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Exposure notice issued for April 3 Air North flight

Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley has issued another… Continue reading

Crystal Schick/Yukon News file
Runners in the Yukon Arctic Ultra marathon race down the Yukon River near the Marwell industrial area in Whitehorse on Feb. 3, 2019.
Cold-weather exercise hard on the lungs

Amy Kenny Special to the Yukon News It might make you feel… Continue reading

lwtters
Today’s Mailbox: Rent freezes and the youth vote

Dear Editor, I read the article regarding the recommendations by the Yukon… Continue reading

Point-in-Time homeless count planned this month

Volunteers will count those in shelters, short-term housing and without shelter in a 24-hour period.

The Yukon’s new ATIPP Act came into effect on April 1. Yukoners can submit ATIPP requests online or at the Legislative Assembly building. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News file)
New ATIPP Act in effect as of April 1

The changes promise increased government transparency

A new conservancy in northern B.C. is adjacent to Mount Edziza Provincial Park. (Courtesy BC Parks)
Ice Mountain Lands near Telegraph Creek, B.C., granted conservancy protection

The conservancy is the first step in a multi-year Tahltan Stewardship Initiative

Yukon RCMP reported a child pornography-related arrest on April 1. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press file)
Whitehorse man arrested on child pornography charges

The 43-year-old was charged with possession of child pornography and making child pornography

Team Yukon athletes wave flags at the 2012 Arctic Winter Games opening ceremony in Whitehorse. The postponed 2022 event in Wood Buffalo, Alta., has been rescheduled for Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, 2023. (Justin Kennedy/Yukon News file)
New dates set for Arctic Winter Games

Wood Buffalo, Alta. will host event Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, 2023

Victoria Gold Corp. has contributed $1 million to the First Nation of Na-cho Nyak Dun after six months of production at the Eagle Gold Mine. (Submitted/Victoria Gold Corp.)
Victoria Gold contributes $1 million to First Nation of Na-cho Nyak Dun

Victoria Gold signed a Comprehensive Cooperation and Benefits Agreement in 2011

Most Read