Clinton James McLaughlin had just finished serving a six-year sentence for two domestic assaults — including the kidnapping and beating of his ex-fiancée in 2014 — when he allegedly confined, assaulted and choked another domestic partner late last year.
The 43-year-old was the subject of a high-profile police search when he abducted Mariana Cracogna, drove her east of Saskatoon and viciously attacked her on May 30, 2014. She escaped and was picked up two days later along Highway 16.
McLaughlin was sentenced seven months later after pleading guilty to kidnapping and aggravated assault against Cracogna, and to another assault charge against a different girlfriend who he threatened, beat and choked earlier that year.
Court documents show McLaughlin faces new charges of assaulting, overcoming resistance by choking and unlawfully confining a woman on Dec. 5, 2020 between Saskatoon and Clavet. The StarPhoenix has confirmed they were in a relationship.
McLaughlin made his first appearance, by phone, on Tuesday in Saskatoon provincial court and was released on an undertaking — a legal promise to attend court when required to do so, live at an approved residence in Regina and not contact the complainant or go to Saskatoon, Warman or Martensville unless for a legal obligation.
He is scheduled to appear in domestic violence court on April 6. During his sentencing in 2014, court heard about McLaughlin’s disturbing history of domestic violence.
“These were acts, as the judge phrased it, that showed a prehistoric attitude toward women — a person whose attitude toward relationships is out of step with society,” Crown prosecutor Cory Bliss said outside Saskatoon provincial court.
In 2018, he was allowed to serve the remainder of his sentence in the community, living in a halfway house, after getting statutory release — legally mandated to help offenders reintegrate after serving two-thirds of their sentence.
According to the Parole Board of Canada’s decision, his release conditions included reporting any female relationships to his parole supervisor. The board noted that all of McLaughlin’s previous assault convictions were against former girlfriends.
Those conditions ended when his sentence expired in 2020. He was charged with the new offences later that year. The parole board indicated that McLaughlin was considered a high risk to reoffend violently toward a domestic partner. He took domestic violence programming in prison, but was ordered to take further community programming to gain insight into his jealousy, rejection and anger issues, and to learn how to deal with relationship stress and conflict, the board stated. Court heard both of his previous convictions involved a belief that his partners were cheating on him.
McLaughlin’s latest charges also allege he possessed handguns, while prohibited, that he allegedly stole from the complainant in November 2020. In 2017, he was acquitted of 17 gun-related offences after being charged in connection with Project Forseti, the 2014 investigation into the Fallen Saints motorcycle club, of which he was a member.
— With StarPhoenix files
Published on: February 10th, 2021
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