Dangerous offender hearing date for O’Quinn could be set next month

Gary Kean gkean@thewesternstar.com
Published on June 6, 2014
Matthew Francis O’Quinn talks with his lawyer, John Duggan, in provincial court in Corner Brook Thursday, June 5, 2014.
Gary Kean

A date for a hearing at which Matthew Francis O’Quinn could be declared a dangerous offender could be set July 4.

O’Quinn, 37, has a violent criminal history that includes multiple convictions for assaulting and forcibly confining women.

He was convicted in November 2012 of a number of offences, stemming from the latest incident involving a woman earlier that summer. His sentencing has been on hold as the Crown sought permission from the Attorney General’s office to pursue the dangerous offender designation.

That permission was granted in June 2013.

Discussions have been ongoing between the Crown and defence since then.

When the matter was called in provincial court in Corner Brook Thursday, defence lawyer John Duggan informed Judge Wayne Gorman that he and the Crown needed a bit more time to continue their discussions about how they will proceed with the case.

Duggan and Crown attorney Trina Simms agreed to adjourn the matter until July 4, at which time they hope to set a date for the hearing.

If O’Quinn is designated a dangerous offender, it would mean he could remain in prison indefinitely.