Sem Paul Obed walked out of prison a free man earlier today in New Brunswick and a public warning has been issued about his intention to head to the Halifax area.
Const. Pierre Bourdages, public information officer with the Halifax Regional Police, said the warning was issued in the city due to Obed’s violent history.
“Although Obed does not have official violent offender status, the Department of Justice in Nova Scotia has a protocol in place, whereby if an individual has been assessed by professionals while institutionalized as being a high risk to reoffend, a committee will be put in place to determine if public notification is warranted,” said Const. Bourdages.
Bourdages noted that many high-risk offenders find themselves back behind bars after release because they violate the conditions of their release.
In an earlier story on Obed’s release published online by The Labradorian on Tuesday, the National Parole Board of Canada noted Obed did not have any conditions imposed by the provincial court which sentenced him to prison for two years plus a day in 2012, after a vicious attack on Andrea Pardy, who, at the time, was closing up for the night at the bar where she worked.
However, Bourdages said the RCMP in New Brunswick, where the system allows for such, imposed conditions.
“The New Brunswick RCMP applied for a peace bond on Obed, to set conditions on him after his release,” he said.
“They have be notified of any changes in appearance, and he is not…