Dangerous offender hearing for Dustin Paxton to begin July 15

The Canadian Press
Associated Press

CALGARY - A dangerous offender hearing for a man convicted of torturing his former roommate is to begin this summer.

Dustin Paxton was convicted by a Calgary judge last February of aggravated assault and sexual assault.

The judge ruled that Paxton put the man's life in danger when he starved, wounded, maimed and disfigured him nearly three years ago.

After months of delay, a dangerous offender hearing expected to last four weeks has been scheduled to begin July 15.

Crown prosecutor Joe Mercier says the Alberta Attorney General's Department gave permission for the hearing to go ahead.

If Paxton is deemed a dangerous offender, he can be kept in jail indefinitely.