A Kamloops, B.C., man with more than 100 convictions has been granted his wish to be excluded from the remainder of the hearing that will determine whether he is locked up indefinitely.
Shane Jeurissen’s dangerous-offender hearing began in February and is slated to end this week.
On Monday, he told the judge he doesn’t care to be in court for the rest of the proceedings, when lawyers will make their final arguments.
“I’d rather just not come,” Jeurissen told B.C. Supreme Court Justice Kathleen Ker after raising his middle finger to media seated in the gallery.
“I’d rather have nothing to do with it and you just let me know after if I’m DO’d (labelled a dangerous offender) or not.”
Jeurissen had several angry outbursts during the first few weeks of the hearing, and Ker said Monday that it will be best for everyone involved if he stays away.
“You’re waiving your right to be present,” she said.
“I will excuse you ... in order to ensure that the court is able to function efficiently, properly and that the evidence is able to be reviewed as dispassionately as possible.”
Ker told Jeurissen that he will have to be in court when she reads her decision, which she said likely won’t happen for about a month.
He told her to take two months.
“Take your time. I’m in no rush,” he said. “I ain’t going nowhere.”
Jeurissen’s convictions include dozens of breaches of court orders.
He has also been convicted of writing intimidating letters to police officers, prosecutors and civilian witnesses while in jail.
In 2006, he was banned from entering Kamloops as part of a year-long probation order.
During proceedings in 2011 on failing to abide by a probation order, Jeurissen’s lawyer said his client had mental health and addiction issues.
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