Regina man to undergo dangerous offender assessment after 2 homicide convictions

Regina man to undergo dangerous offender assessment after 2 homicide convictions
Dangerous offender assessment ordered for convicted killer
A Regina man convicted of two homicides more than a decade apart will undergo an assessment to see if he should be designated as a dangerous or long-term offender. 

On Wednesday, Justice Meghan McCreary ordered Goodpipe to undergo the assessment, which includes a psychiatric evaluation to be completed within 30 days of the order.

A dangerous offender designation means that there may be no set release date for an offender, but they go through periodic reviews while incarcerated.

Crown prosecutor Roger DeCorby requested the assessment, citing Goodpipe's history of violence and weapons-related charges.

The defence also recognized Goodpipe's record, calling it "regrettable," but said it would object if the Crown recommends Goodpipe be designated a dangerous or long-term offender. 

In May, a jury in Regina's Court of Queen's Bench found Goodpipe guilty of manslaughter in the March 29, 2016, fatal shooting of 56-year-old Andre Joseph Aubertin.

Goodpipe pleaded not guilty to the charge, as the gun involved in the killing was not actually in his hands.

In 2006, Goodpipe pleaded guilty to manslaughter for his role in an unrelated crime — the fatal shooting of another Regina man, Wayne Gerald Friday, in 2004.

Goodpipe, then 23 years old, was sentenced in 2006 to 11.5 years in prison, minus time served, in connection with Friday's death.

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A Regina judge ordered an assessment on Wednesday into whether Elwin Goodpipe might be found to be a long-term or dangerous offender.

Elwin Michael Goodpipe, left, is escorted into Regina's Court of Queen's Bench. BRANDON HARDER / Regina Leader-Post

Having previously advised the court it intended to launch dangerous offender proceedings against a two-time convicted killer, the Crown took the next step on Wednesday and requested an assessment of Elwin Michael Goodpipe.

Regina Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Meghan McCreary ordered that assessment and set a return date of Jan. 10.

A forensic psychiatrist will complete the report, which will provide an expert opinion on Goodpipe, his background, risk factors, crimes and whether there is a reasonable prospect he could be controlled in the community.

The psychiatrist — Vancouver-based Dr. Todd Tomita — will provide the court with a recommendation within his report, which is expected to be completed within three months.

A date for the dangerous offender hearing has not yet been set, but it’s expected to be sometime in the late winter or early spring.

Defence lawyer Mervyn Shaw said while it’s “regrettable” an assessment had to be ordered, he didn’t argue the Crown’s request. He said he intends to argue the actual dangerous offender application once it gets to the hearing stage.

Goodpipe was convicted on May 1, a jury having taken just four hours to find him guilty of manslaughter in the March 29, 2016 shooting death of Andre Joseph Aubertin. Court heard the 56-year-old man was in his Regina home when two men came in and tried to rob him. One of the men — not Goodpipe — pulled out a shotgun, which then went off.

While there was no evidence Goodpipe knew his accomplice was planning on using a gun, the Crown had argued he was still guilty as he helped plan the robbery — which, in itself, is an inherently dangerous offence.

In asking for the psychiatric assessment, Crown prosecutor Roger De Corby pointed to Goodpipe’s record, which includes numerous convictions for violence and weapons offences. Most notable is a 2006 conviction for manslaughter in the 2004 killing of 44-year-old Wayne Gerald Friday, who was beaten, forced into a trunk and shot. That incident involved several people, and Goodpipe eventually pleaded guilty to manslaughter instead of murder, as he hadn’t been as heavily involved as some of the others.