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Questions Arise Over Drop in Electronic Monitoring of BC Convicts

Electronic monitoring of recently released convicts has dropped sharply in B.C. in recent years, numbers released by the government show.

The Crown did not seek electronic monitoring for Raymond Caissie, a high-risk sex offender who has now been charged in the slaying of a Surrey teen. The Crown also did not seek a curfew. A spokesman has refused to disclose why.

Mines Client Sentenced to 20 Weekends for Internet Extortion

August 25, 2014

A North Vancouver judge has sentenced a 23-year-old man to jail for attempting to extort nude photos from a young woman.

In a case with similarities to that of Amanda Todd, the B.C. teenager who committed suicide after being blackmailed online, Mark Webber somehow obtained an explicit video of the victim from her boyfriend's cellphone.

He then threatened to share the video with her Facebook friends unless she sent him nude images of herself — a threat he subsequently followed through on.

Thousands at Riot Broke Law, Few Convictions Are Assured

Jun 2011,

An image depicts a man, apparently in his 20s, wearing a Vancouver Canucks-branded T-shirt. With his arms spread, one hand grasping a hockey stick, the other open-palmed, he is gesturing to an off-camera crowd. The muscles in his forearms, chest and face appear flexed, his mouth gaping and his eyes wide.

Behind the man, shards of glass cling to a store-front window frame, its floor-to-ceiling panes all but completely shattered.

Mines client shares in Missing Women reward money

Thursday, August 26, 2010
Pickton tipster to share in reward

Bill Hiscox was first person to alert police to serial killer

The man who first tipped off police about Robert Pickton more than three years before the serial killer's arrest will share a $100,000 reward with five other people.

Bill Hiscox, who now lives in Victoria, will get $17,500, his lawyer, Michael Mines, confirmed Wednesday after contacting the Vancouver police board.

News Article online access: at The Vancouver Sun

Man found not criminally responsible for attack on Landlady

Friday, March 19, 2010
A man who committed a violent sex attack on his landlady has been found not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder.

Steven Thomas Lowry, 26, was charged with attempted murder, aggravated sexual assault and aggravated assault in connection with the April 2008 attack on the victim, who cannot be identified due to a publication ban.

Lowry, a former member of Canada’s junior cross-country ski team, admitted he committed the violent acts. At trial, the only issue was his mental state at the time.

Mines Defends Mountie on Assault Charge

Friday, November 09, 2007

Lawyer for Coquitlam Mountie who's on trial says nobody was hurt in 2006 incident.

A Coquitlam Mountie on trial for assault and obstruction was justified when he interfered in an arrest last year, his defence lawyer said yesterday. In his closing arguments, Michael Mines told Judge Maria Giardini that the officer may have been angry when he called for back-up and arrived at an arrest while off duty but both the alleged assault and obstruction were "minor" and are not enough to warrant criminal convictions.

Mines client acquitted in Marijuana Cafe Case

Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Former cafe owner faces 10 yrs


VANCOUVER - The former owner of a well-known east Vancouver cafe that openly sold marijuana until a police raid in September, 2004, was convicted of two marijuana-trafficking charges yesterday.

A British Columbia Supreme Court jury found Carol Gwilt guilty of possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking as well as possession of the proceeds of crime.

Mines Client receives suspended sentence in Beating death

Monday, December 13, 2004

Players in fatal swarming sentenced

By Jane Syed

One young man was placed under house arrest and a second man received a suspended sentence Thursday for their part in a violent swarming that ended in the death of 25-year-old Robbie Araji in Waterfront Park in the summer.

News Article online access: Suspended sentence in Beating death