A man convicted of violent sexual assaults of multiple women is now in jail for smoking marijuana.
Kevin Scott Miller’s trial for breaching conditions of his long-term order (LTO) by accessing cannabis from a medical marijuana dispensary wrapped up in BC Supreme Court in Chilliwack last week.
A decision is scheduled to be rendered by a judge in the new year.
Using a two-year-old prescription from a doctor, Miller is accused of breaching his LTO, which forbids the use of intoxicants.
He was living in a Chilliwack halfway house on Sept. 24, 2016 when he is alleged to have accessed marijuana from Weemedical Dispensary. He’s been in custody since then.
Miller told the court last week from the witness stand he sought out the medical marijuana for “chronic mood disorder.” He said he had in the past been prescribed anti-depressants and anti-psychotics.
During the trial, Crown counsel Henry Waldock asked Miller if he thought the two-year old “prescription” that did not include dosage numbers was still a valid document.
Waldock also questioned some of the handwriting on the document.
“I inquired if it was and if they could assist me,” Miller said of the medical dispensary. “In my mind, I’m obtaining medicine in the same method that tens of thousands of citizens do every day.”
Miller was once designated a dangerous offender after a series of violent incident in the Victoria area two decades ago.
He was convicted 22 years ago of raping a 14-year-old girl near Victoria after grabbing her in a van and wrapping a cord around her neck.
Two months later he violently strangled a 21-year-old woman he met at a bar downtown Victoria, then in 1996 during an altercation with a prostitute, Miller pulled a drawstring out of his jacket and strangled her with it until she passed out.
A psychiatrist testified 17 years ago that, at the age of 28, Miller’s psychopathic score was in the 86th percentile.
Other conditions of his LTO include: that he not be alone or in an isolated setting with any females; not to own, use or possess a computer; report all relationships with women to parole officer; to address issues and emotional instability and anger management; and to participate in a sex offender program.
While Miller has had no violent incidents on his record in 20 years, he spent considerable time in recent years in jail for parole violations and for, at least three times, taking off from halfway houses for extended periods of time, including to the United States.
He was denied bail at a hearing on Oct. 17 of this year.
The judge is scheduled to rule on the breach charge on Jan. 15.