Paul Little, 28, was arrested Saturday night at 10:22 p.m. for breaching one of his release conditions. Nanaimo RCMP did not say what he was doing to violate his conditions or whether a member of the public reported the breach.
B.C. Corrections issued a notification Friday — with Little’s photo and description — saying he was being released from prison and planned to live in Nanaimo. A notification is sent out when authorities fear the person could still pose a risk to the community.
Little has a long criminal history that includes convictions for aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault causing bodily harm, robbery, fraud and possession of a weapon. He was sentenced to five years in prison in 2009.
Little admitted to an attack on Crace Street in downtown Nanaimo on April 26, 2007, in which he slashed a 19-year-old woman’s neck and face before raping her, according to a report in the Nanaimo Daily News.
On April 26, 2008, he punched another 19-year-old Campbell River woman as he forced her to perform oral sex.
In handing down the five-year prison sentence, the judge in the case said Little showed no visible empathy for the victims and was unable to take responsibility for his crimes, the Daily News reported.
Little’s criminal record dates back to when he was 16 years old and includes one prior sexual assault as well as convictions for property crimes, breaches and robbery.
A pre-sentence report found that Little’s unstable background, limited cognitive skills and a serious head injury when he was 12 contributed to his violent behaviour.
He was released on conditions not to possess or carry weapons, and not to consume or possess alcohol or drugs. He had a curfew between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Little appeared in court Monday and was kept in custody until his next court date by video teleconference on March 25.
— With reporting from the Nanaimo Daily News