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Lawyers' oral arguments to come in dangerous-offender hearing

By Jane Sims, The London Free Press

Justin Primmer. (File photo)

Justin Primmer. (File photo)

All of the evidence in Justin Primmer’s dangerous offender hearing is before the judge.

Now the case of the former mixed martial arts fighter who is facing an indeterminate sentence in prison for a string of violent crimes moves to the next phase.

On Friday, the defence closed its case, but not until Superior Court Justice Alissa Mitchell heard from Primmer’s imam who is overseeing his conversion to Islam while in jail in Windsor.

Mitchell also heard from jail officials who characterized Primmer as a model prisoner.

Written arguments from the defence and Crown will be submitted to the judge and final oral arguments are expected late this year or early next year.

Mitchell isn’t likely to have a decision until early next year.

Primmer, 31, was convicted more than a year ago of violent assaults on a former girlfriend.

Instead of a usual sentencing regime, the Crown went ahead with a dangerous offender application, a sentencing reserved for the most violent of offenders.

Primmer’s long record includes the assault of Desiree Gallagher, 23, of Brantford, who suffered catastrophic injuries after she fell off Primmer’s seventh floor balcony.

Primmer wasn’t prosecuted for the injuries Gallagher sustained in the fall, but for an assault that he had recorded in photographs found on his phone.

Gallagher had been at Primmer’s house partying with friends, left and returned before her injuries.

She was left wheelchair-bound. She died in 2015.

Primmer also has a manslaughter conviction from 2004 and a conviction for assaulting a fellow inmate in 2014.

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