Man who set woman on fire not dan­ger­ous of­fender

Truro Daily News - - CANADA -

PRINCE AL­BERT, Sask. — A Saskatchewan man who vi­ciously beat a home­less woman be­fore set­ting her on fire will not be de­clared a dan­ger­ous of­fender.

A judge ruled Wed­nes­day that Les­lie Black will not get the des­ig­na­tion after he pleaded guilty to at­tempted mur­der in the sex­ual as­sault of Mar­lene Bird.

Bird was home­less when she was at­tacked in Prince Al­bert in 2014. Her in­juries were so se­ri­ous both legs had to be am­pu­tated and she lost much of her eye­sight.

Bird told court in hand-writ­ten let­ters she now can’t do any­thing on her own, in­clud­ing sim­ple things such as pick­ing a blueberry or go­ing to the bath­room.

She said she has to wear adult di­a­pers, can’t con­trol her bow­els and feels dis­gusted with her­self when she can’t make it to the bath­room in time. Bird said she also fears en­ter­ing the city be­cause of the at­tack.

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