Thursday, June 2, 2016

Infamous sex tourist Chris Neil gets longer-than-expected sentence

Christopher Neil, once known as “Swirl Face” during an international manhunt, was sentenced in New Westminster on Wednesday to 5½ years in prison for sexual offences against Cambodian boys as well as accessing and possessing child pornography.

The sentence is a year longer than Neil and his lawyer had hoped for, and six months longer than the prosecution requested.

In addition to the longer sentence, the judge ordered a lifetime ban on Neil going to parks, schools or anywhere commonly frequented by children. He extended previous prohibitions on Neil owning electronic devices and on his accessing the Internet (except for work) to five years beyond his parole.

“Regardless of the (sentencing) submissions,” B.C. Supreme Court Justice John Harvey said, “I believe that (the extended restrictions) are in the best interest of the community at large and for Mr. Neil as well.”  (more...)


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