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Sex offender Matthew Twyne will be back before a judge in St. John’s Wednesday for sentencing on two charges of breaching court orders.
Twyne, who has been in custody since Dec. 23, was denied bail in January after the judge said he was concerned for the safety of the public, particularly children.
“The real problem that I have is the piece regarding behaviour modification. Because of this particular behaviour and the fact that these activities continue to occur, is there a substantial likelihood that he would commit other offences? On a balance of probability, I have to answer yes,” Provincial Court Judge Colin Flynn said at the time.
A registered sex offender for life, Twyne was arrested after police received a report placing him near a downtown recreation facility that caters to children. Twyne is banned from attending public parks, playgrounds, schools, community centres and other locations where children would be expected.
A woman driving past the facility early in the afternoon on Dec. 19 saw a man in the parking lot of MAX on St. Clare Avenue in St. John's, lingering around the side of the building. Although she didn’t know his name, she recognized Twyne from news coverage and called police.
RNC officers arrested Twyne four days later and charged him with two counts of breaching court orders.
At the time he was spotted near MAX, Twyne had been out of jail for not much more than a day, having been sentenced Oct. 20 for similar breaches. An off-duty sheriff had passed by Quidi Vidi Lake and noticed Twyne sitting on the side of the bandstand and called police to report him.
He has 100 criminal convictions on his record, including seven for committing indecent acts in public. In October 2019, the Crown successfully argued for an 810 order, a special order that forced Twyne to abide by a list of 29 conditions, since he had been deemed to be at a high risk to reoffend. That type of order is an option available in rare circumstances where there is clear evidence to believe a person is a danger to members of the public and is used to temporarily limit a person’s movement and activity. Twyne’s order was valid for one year.
Twyne appeared in court Monday morning via video from Her Majesty’s Penitentiary, where his lawyer, Philip Warren, indicated he wanted to set a date for a “quick sentencing” in relation to the two recent charges. That will happen Wednesday afternoon.