Crown wants drug dealer locked away in­def­i­nitely

Dan­ger­ous of­fender tag sought for man who carved up ad­dict

Windsor Star - - FRONT PAGE - SARAH SACHELI

In his comfy sweater and glasses, Maile Du­juan Wil­liams looks like a mild-man­nered man, per­haps a school teacher or some­one who vol­un­teers at the church.

But in 2015, Wil­liams duct-taped a drug ad­dict’s wrists to­gether and carved up the man’s face, scalp and chest while hold­ing him hostage in a Glen­garry Av­enue apart­ment.

Wil­liams was re­cently con­victed of ag­gra­vated as­sault, forcible con­fine­ment and ex­tor­tion in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent. Now On­tario’s at­tor­ney gen­eral wants him des­ig­nated a dan­ger­ous of­fender, mean­ing he could be held be­hind bars in­def­i­nitely.

Wil­liams, 43, has a lengthy crim­i­nal record that in­cludes 51 en­tries, many for vi­o­lent crimes. He openly ad­mits to be­ing a drug dealer; his seven past con­vic­tions have been for charges of drug pos­ses­sion and pos­ses­sion of drugs for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing.

When he has threat­ened to kill peo­ple, they had rea­son to take him se­ri­ously: he has nine gun con­vic­tions and seven con­vic­tions for as­saults.

Wil­liams ap­peared in Su­pe­rior Court on Thurs­day for his sen­tenc­ing hear­ing. But in­stead of pro­ceed­ing in the usual man­ner, as­sis­tant Crown at­tor­ney El­iz­a­beth Brown in­formed the court prose­cu­tors had re­ceived con­sent last week from On­tario’s at­tor­ney gen­eral to in­stead pur­sue a dan­ger­ous of­fender des­ig­na­tion.

Brown said the dan­ger­ous of­fender hear­ing will in­clude “ex­ten­sive doc­u­men­ta­tion” re­lated to Wil­liams’s crim­i­nal his­tory and will re­quire at least two weeks of court time.

The lat­est con­vic­tions against Wil­liams were reg­is­tered af­ter an eight-day trial. Court heard how a dis­tressed mother went to Wind­sor po­lice in June 2015 to re­port her son was be­ing held by Wil­liams against his will. Ear­lier that day, she had been sum­moned to Wind­sor’s Wa­ter World to find her son in a car with Wil­liams, who was de­mand­ing money. Her son, a crys­tal meth ad­dict, was bleed­ing pro­fusely from his head.

Wil­liams tes­ti­fied at his trial, claim­ing the in­jured man had cut him­self and faked be­ing held hostage to get money out of his mother.

Not­ing the vic­tim had no fewer than 12 cuts, Su­pe­rior Court Jus­tice Ge­orge King re­jected Wil­liams’s tes­ti­mony.

Since the trial, Wil­liams’ trial lawyer has moved out of town. Ap­pear­ing on his be­half in court Tues­day was de­fence lawyer Laura Joy, who said she was ready to take over the case.

“I know Mr. Wil­liams,” she told the court. “I know his fa­ther. I’ve known him since he was 14 years of age.”

Wil­liams has been sen­tenced

I know Mr. Wil­liams. I know his fa­ther. I’ve known him since he was 14 years of age.

to time in a fed­eral pen­i­ten­tiary four times in the past. The first two times, he was granted pa­role but breached the con­di­tions of his re­lease by com­mit­ting crimes. He was jailed again.

The last time Wil­liams was sent to the pen, sen­tenced to seven years in 2004 for as­sault and ag­gra­vated as­sault, he didn’t earn pa­role, but was re­leased as is re­quired by law af­ter serv­ing two-thirds of his sen­tence.

In 2010, he breached the con­di­tions of that re­lease and was re-in­car­cer­ated. Re­leased again, he breached a sec­ond time in 2013 and ended up back in the pen­i­ten­tiary.

Wil­liams’s case will be ad­dressed in court again later this week. His dan­ger­ous of­fender hear­ing is sched­uled to be­gin next month.

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