Gameti man will get new dangerous offender hearing after appeal court decision

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Zoe update
Feb 4/20

A man originally from the North Slave community of Gameti, who had been declared a dangerous offender after convictions for multiple sexual assaults, will get a new dangerous offender hearing.

According to a NWT Court of Appeal decision released late last week, 38-year-old Bobby Zoe should not have been declared a dangerous offender by Deputy Judge J.R. McIntosh two years ago.

Three appeal court judges ruled judge McIntosh made several mistakes when he designated Zoe a dangerous offender and sentenced him to an indeterminte amount of time.

Zoe has four sexual assault convictions on his criminal record, the latest coming in 2015 when he broke into a Yellowknife apartment and attacked a woman while she slept.

He committed the assault after having been recently released from the North Slave Correctional Complex in Yellowknife.

At the time, RCMP in Yellowknife knew a sexual predator was on the loose but failed to warn the public.

Criticism for that prompted a change in their protocols meaning they were to tell residents about sexual assaults whether the perpetrator had been  caught or not.

In addition to the dangerous offender designation, Zoe also appealed his conviction for the 2015 sexual assault but that guilty verdict will stand.

Zoe remains in custody.

A date for a new hearing has yet to be set.

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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.