Edmonton courtroom erupts after former nightclub promoter sentenced to eight years in prison for sex assault


Justice Doreen Sulyma delivered her decision Friday afternoon in front of a packed courtroom. As it became clear she was siding with the defence on several key issues, a group of women including at least one of McKnight’s five victims — as well as other women who made complaints against him — stood and linked arms. Crown and defence sparred on nearly every point during the trial, painting two very different pictures of McKnight and his actions. They proposed vastly different sentences: the defence pushed for five to nine years in prison, while the Crown suggested 22½. “I’ll ask this rhetorical question: is a sentence of eight years for somebody who’s appropriately, legally classified as a serial rapist, is that adequate?” Huyser-Wierenga added.

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