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Halifax 'Sleepwatcher' gets parole with conditions, will live in community


HALIFAX - The man known as the so-called Halifax ‘Sleepwatcher’ has been granted conditional parole.

Barry Edward Sinclair

According to parole documents reported by Global News and CTV, Barry Edward Sinclair has been granted parole with conditions nearly three years after he was sentenced for breaking into an apartment and watching women sleep.

“We are aware of that and we will be monitoring the situation,” Halifax Regional Police spokeswoman Theresa Rath said Tuesday.

Sinclair will live at a halfway house to finish his sentence until February 2017 according the documents.

His parole conditions include residing at a community correctional centre, following a treatment plan around sexual deviancy, and not having alcohol or drugs.

Rath said although Sinclair is under the responsibility and surveillance of the Parole Board of Canada, anyone who sees him breaking conditions could report it to police or the parole board.

In February 2013, Sinclair was sentenced to five years in prison but was granted a year for time already served, reducing it to four years.

The Dartmouth man accused of several crimes related to the south-end Halifax “Sleepwatcher” cases was originally charged with breaking into two apartments in September 2011. He was found guilty last November on one count, and not guilty on the other.

The documents say the parole board believes Sinclair is a moderate risk to re-offend in general, and a high risk to re-offend in a sexual manner given little progress in his correctional plan.

Rath said police only alert the public about high-risk offenders when they have completed their sentence.

Sinclair has 28 prior convictions beginning in 1980, including break and enter, being unlawfully in a dwelling house, and trespass by night.

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