A Vancouver drug dealer who preyed on young aboriginal girls has been designated a dangerous offender.
Dozens of family members of the victims cheered and clapped in the gallery as a BC Supreme Court judge handed Martin Tremblay an indeterminate jail term.
Tremblay has a lengthy history of victimizing young and vulnerable First Nations women, plying them with drugs and alcohol, before sexually assaulting them.
He was convicted of criminal negligence after he failed to help 17-year-old Martha Jackson Hernandez and 16-year-old Kayla Lalonde, who both died of fatal overdoses in his home.
Judge taking into account previously unprosecuted offences to determine pattern of aggressive behaviour warranting DO designation.
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Lalonde’s mother, Angela, says after five long years, this brings some closure.
“Relieved, relieved that he is a dangerous offender, because we all know he is and now he is finally deemed one, I’m happy but I’m still sad, I don’t know if he is going to get an appeal, I want it over with, I hope he doesn’t get out ever.”
“That was the best that I heard in five years. That’s what we have been waiting for, that’s all I wanted, we are happy about that, everyone is.””
The judge says he must be behind bars for an indeterminate period of time, to protect the public from future harm.
Tremblay’s criminal record dates back decades, including convictions for theft, drug offences and sexual assault.