CRANBROOK (NEWS1130)  – A man who abducted a three-year-old boy from his home in Sparwood will undergo a psychiatric assessment to help the court determine if he’s a dangerous offender.
BC Supreme Court Justice Heather Holmes ordered the assessment for Randall Hopley, saying he’d succeeded in making the bogeyman real to many people and there’s nothing more frightening to parents than the possibility of losing a child.
She also says Hopley’s conviction for abducting Kienan Heibert may not have qualified as having caused actual psychological or physical harm to the boy, but it likely would have in any other case.
Holmes says Hopley was extremely lucky when he decided to abduct Heibert last September because the boy’s family didn’t even file a victim impact statement.
Hopley will now undergo a 60-day psychiatric assessment before a final decision on dangerous or long-term offender status is determined.
It hasn’t been determined when Hopley will be back in court.