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RNC issues warning: Ex-con considered dangerous to women

Barry Sinclair has a long criminal history, dating back to 1980, that includes sexual assault and breaking into residences of women to watch them unobserved until he is discovered.
Barry Sinclair has a long criminal history, dating back to 1980, that includes sexual assault and breaking into residences of women to watch them unobserved until he is discovered.

The Royal Newfoundland is reminding people to secure their homes and keep them well lit after issuing a public advisory Friday around suppertime about an ex-convict now living in St. John’s. Police say the man could be dangerous to women.

Barry Sinclair, 55, has previous offences that include breaking into residences of women. He has a long criminal record that includes break and enter, sexual assault, and trespassing at night. Those offences date back to 1980.             

His crimes include entering the homes of random women, watching them until he was seen, and then fleeing.

Based on Sinclair’s previous criminal history, the RNC says it has reasonable grounds to believe that he will commit a serious personal injury offence against a woman. A serious personal injury offence is an offence that involves the use or attempted use of violence against another person.

 In 2013 Sinclair was convicted of breaking into a woman’s house in Nova Scotia while she was in the residence. He was sentenced to five years in a federal institution for that crime. In February 2017 he was released from custody. Upon his release the RNC filed an application at provincial court in St. John’s to have him placed on a recognizance under section 810.2 of the Criminal Code of Canada. This type of recognizance is preventative in nature and is meant to restrict the movements and behaviour of an individual.

A warrant was issued for Sinclair in February 2017 and he was arrested and brought to provincial court in St. John’s for a hearing.

He was placed on a court order that day prior to being released from custody. This court order contains numerous conditions that are meant to ensure public safety. The court order will remain in effect until the RNC’s application for a recognizance has been concluded in court.

The RNC is asking the public to report all suspicious activity to the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can now provide information anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers Website at: www.nlcrimestoppers.com.

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