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Man serving time for sex offences against teenage girl gets additional sentence for assaulting wife


By Delon Shurtz on September 9, 2021.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A southern Alberta man currently serving a penitentiary prison term for sex offences against a young teenage girl, has been sentenced to an additional two months for assaulting his wife.
Pedro Reimer, who pleaded guilty in May to a single charge of assault, was sentenced Wednesday in Lethbridge Court of Queen’s Bench. Justice Dallas Miller agreed with a defence recommendation of 30-60 days for the assault, although the Crown had suggested that a sentence of five or six months would be appropriate given Reimer’s previous convictions for assaulting his wife. Crown Prosecutor Dawn Janecke also pointed out Reimer assaulted his wife in front of their nine-year-old son.
Reimer and his spouse were arguing in August of 2018 when he pushed her then grabbed her around the neck. He also threw a cellphone at the complainant.
Lethbridge lawyer Greg White told the judge Reimer’s sentence for assault should not be as long as recommended by the Crown, because he had, following a trial last year, been sentenced in June to six years in prison for sex offences against a 13-year-old girl three years ago. Then in July he was sentenced to an additional 15 months for breaching release conditions by illegally crossing into the U.S. and trying to flee to Mexico, where he was born.
White said although his client should receive a jail sentence for assaulting his wife, six months is too long when he is already serving a lengthy sentence and a shorter jail term will suffice.
“He’s going to be in jail for a very long time,” White said.

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