Man gets 18 months for remains offences
The man convicted of indignity to human remains for dismembering and disposing of the remains of a 25-year-old Indigenous Calgary woman was sentenced to 18 months in jail Wednesday.
Joey English’s remains were discovered in a wooded area of Crescent Heights Park in June 2016. Joshua Weise, pleaded guilty to the offence of offering indignity to human remains back in November.
In a courtroom full of English family members and supporters, Judge Mike Dinkle read his decision in court Thursday.
He sentenced Weise to 18 months in jail, minus time served.
Weise has seven months remaining in jail, and upon his release he will be under house arrest for a three-month period, followed by another three months with a curfew to be home from 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Dinkle called the offence “rarely seen” and said Weise — who’s believed to have dismembered and disposed of Joey’s remains after returning home to find she’d overdosed on drugs he’d provided — acted with no regard for the victim’s family.
“This crime was selfish, savage, heinous and contrary to all civil society,” he said.
Joey’s mother, Stephanie English, told reporters following the decision that she was “somewhat OK” with the sentencing, and took refuge knowing he’d be off the streets for awhile longer. She said she took comfort in Dinkle’s condemnation of Weise’s actions and warnings not to breach his conditions.