Offender with violent history released

Bonnie Learning & Derek Montague
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Sem Paul Obed headed to Halifax area, public warning issued

Sem Paul Obed walked out of prison a free man Friday in New Brunswick and a public warning has been issued about his intention to head to the Halifax area.

Sem Paul Obed, a violent offender from Labrador, was released from a penitentiary in New Brunswick Friday. A warning was issued in the Halifax area, as he indicated he would reside in Halifax after his release.

Const. Pierre Bourdages, public information officer with the Halifax Regional Police, said the warning was issued in the city due to Obed’s violent history.

“Although Obed does not have official violent offender status, the Department of Justice in Nova Scotia has a protocol in place, whereby if an individual has been assessed by professionals while institutionalized as being a high risk to reoffend, a committee will be put in place to determine if public notification is warranted,” said Const. Bourdages.

Bourdages noted that many high-risk offenders find themselves back behind bars after release because they violate the conditions of their release.

Conditions imposed

In an earlier story on Obed from The Labradorian, published in The Telegram Wednesday, the National Parole Board of Canada noted Obed did not have any conditions imposed by the provincial court which sentenced him to prison for two years plus a day in 2012, after a vicious attack on Andrea Pardy, who, at the time, was closing up for the night at the bar where she worked.

However, Bourdages said the RCMP in New Brunswick, where the system allows for such, impos­ed conditions.

“The New Brunswick RCMP applied for a peace bond on Obed, to set conditions on him after his release,” he said.

“They have to be notified of any changes in appearance, and he is not allowed to consume alcohol, be in a bar or liquor store, and is under curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily.”

Pardy said Friday afternoon that for the time being, it helps knowing she and Obed are not in the same town.

“But it also makes me uneasy that he is under very little restrictions, and under little supervision,” she told The Labradorian.

“I hope the Halifax police can make the public aware that he is a very dangerous offender.

“I am not looking forward to his return to Labrador.”

The Labradorian

Organizations: The Labradorian, Halifax Regional Police, Department of Justice National Parole Board of Canada RCMP

Geographic location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick Labrador

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