Rare move means court will head to scene of alleged stalking incident
CALGARY- The sex offender accused of stalking a woman as she left a Calgary bar will be heading back to the scene of the alleged crime.
51-year-old Gregory Venn is accused of following and harassing a woman after she left a southeast bar, and uttering threats causing death or bodily harm.
In a rare move, court has agreed to viewing of the scene, meaning the judge, lawyers and Venn himself will return to the area at night.
“It’s a very rarely applied section of the Criminal Code,” explains defence lawyer Shamsher Kothari. “It’s happened not many times, and that’s why there’s been such an argument this afternoon about whether it was appropriate, whether it was the right case to do it in.
“The court agreed with the defence that it was.”
The Solicitor General’s office is working out the logistics of the visit, which is expected to happen within a few weeks. Also on Monday, Venn took the stand in his own defence and said the woman in this case threatened him.