A written decision filed this week outlines details of the case of a 68-year-old Labrador man who was declared a dangerous offender and sentenced to eight years in prison in mid-September.
Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court Justice Frances J. Knickle in September sentenced Thomas Jararuse guilty on six charges including forcible confinement and sexual assault with a weapon and declared him a dangerous offender.
Knickle gave Jararuse credit for 1,547 days served, using the 1-to-1.5 ratio for pre-trial custody, since he has been in custody since 2018. That leaves Jararuse with just under four years left to serve.
When he is released Jararuse will be on a 10-year supervision order with a number of conditions. He is also prohibited from owning firearms for life and has to submit his DNA to the police.
Jararuse has a record dating back 40 years which includes 30 assault convictions and five sexual assault convictions.
Knickle noted in her written decision that almost all of Jararuse’s criminal behaviour was related to his consumption of alcohol and, according to a psychiatrist’s report, his risk to offend is minimal when not consuming alcohol.
“There is a constant theme that until, or unless, Mr. Jararuse learns to manage his use of alcohol, he will continue to engage in criminal behaviour,” she wrote. “But, when incarcerated, and without access to alcohol, and bound by other formal structures, Mr. Jararuse has done well.”
The incident that led to the most recent charges happened in 2018 involving a stand-off with the police and Jararuse holding a woman captive for hours, sexually and physically assaulting her.
For the dangerous offender hearing, a report was done on Jararuse by forensic psychiatrist Dr. Jasbir Gill. Gill said Jararuse appeared to do well when his idle time is occupied with work or religious activities. Nevertheless, she said he is a high risk to reoffend for both sexual and non-sexual violent crimes.
“Although Mr. Jararuse does not express indifference or lack of concern for his actions and their impact on others, his indifference is apparent in that despite being keenly aware that his alcohol use leads him to offend violently and hurt others, and despite knowing that while sober he is very unlikely to perpetrate such violence, Mr. Jararuse has repeatedly succumbed to using alcohol,” Gill wrote.
She said when he is not drinking, he is widely reported as a nice person and demonstrates empathy and concern towards others. Gill said there might be a possibility of controlling the risk Jararuse puts on the community, but only if he is a willing participant.
Evan Careen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Telegram