Child witnesses might be called if no agreement in sex assault sentencing

VANCOUVER – A Crown lawyer and the defence in the case involving a serial child rapist sparred in B.C. Supreme Court on Tuesday with the possibility that child witnesses could be called to testify if the two sides can’t agree on the facts.

The lawyer for Ibata Hexamer told a judge the two sides are at a stalemate around creating a joint statement of facts, part if which will be used to determine whether the 44-year-old will be designated a dangerous or long-term offender.

Hexamer’s lawyer, Donna Turko, says she wants to avoid calling witnesses like the plague but says her client may not get proper treatment while imprisoned if the facts aren’t correct.

Prosecutor Elliot Poll (PAUL) agrees the situation is serious, which is why he wants the proceedings to move forward so he can ask the court to order a psychiatric assessment.

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Hexamer pleaded guilty in August to four sex assault and two confinement charges involving six victims between the ages of six and 14.

He’s scheduled to appear next in a New Westminster court on Feb. 19 where the lawyers hope to set a next date for sentencing.