Dangerous offender hearing in March for man who pleaded guilty in sex assault

Sem Paul Obed is seen in this undated police handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Halifax Regional Police)

A hearing to consider a dangerous offender designation for a man who sexually assaulted a stranger in her Halifax home in June 2018 is scheduled to begin next month.

The Crown's application to declare Sem Paul Obed a dangerous offender will be heard March 23.

A second hearing date has also been set for April 9 to consider a pre-sentence report that will examine factors in Obed's cultural and socio-economic background.

Obed pleaded guilty in January to charges of aggravated sexual assault, choking to overcome resistance, breaking and entering, and breaching the terms of a peace bond by consuming or possessing alcohol.

The 49-year-old, originally from Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L., has a criminal record going back decades.

Records obtained by The Canadian Press from the provincial court in Happy Valley-Goose Bay list dozens of convictions including attempted murder, sexual assault and assault with a weapon.