Dangerous-offender application makes progress

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Pyschiatric report on Gerald Pike being reviewed

Progress is being made in the process of trying to have a St. John’s man deemed a dangerous offender.

Gerald Pike.

When the case of Gerald Edmund Pike was called in provincial court Wednesday for an update, Crown prosecutor Tannis King said the psychiatric report on Pike is complete and that both she and defence lawyer Jason Edwards are reviewing it.

King told Judge Jim Walsh that Judge Mike Madden, who is hearing the case, also has the report.

The report was required as part of the Crown’s application for the dangerous offender designation.

If the Crown is successful, it would mean Pike would receive an indefinite sentence and be under strict supervision for years after completing his sentence.

Pike has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl twice outside The Rooms on

Oct. 16, 2012.

The 46-year-old followed the girl as she walked past Tim Hortons on Harvey Road.

When she passed through The Rooms parking lot, Pike grabbed her and sexually assaulted her. He choked the girl and put his fingers in her mouth to stop her from screaming.

The girl managed to dial 911 several times during the attack. It meant police were able to hear and record part of the attack.

After the attack, he offered the girl money to go home with him, but she refused.

Shortly afterwards, he sexually assaulted her again against the railing on the steps of The Rooms. It was recorded by surveillance cameras outside the building.

After the second assault, they went to the Tim Hortons. While Pike was outside smoking, the girl told staff to call police.

Pike left by the time officers showed up, but through the video recording, they were able to track him down.

It wasn’t the first sexual assault Pike had committed.

He has two previous convictions on his criminal record. He was on probation for one of those at the time of the October attack.

Pike’s case will be called in court again Oct. 4.

 

rgillingham@thetelegram.com

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Organizations: The Rooms, Tim Hortons

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