Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Toronto serial rapist to be released from prison amid warnings

Dubbed Canada’s 'worst serial rapist' Selva Kumar Subbiah is due to be released from prison this month and authorities won’t say whether he’ll be deported to his native Malaysia. Subbiah, 56, assaulted more than two dozen women in the Toronto area.

A June 2016 parole hearing found that behind-bars therapy hasn’t done him any good whatever. That echoes comments in a string of previous parole hearings. “The case management team believes that you are likely to commit an offence causing death or serious harm to another person ..."

Subbiah committed several of his crimes while posing as a model agent or movie talent scout. Occasionally, he also posed as a professional dancer, a lawyer and a diplomat. He also lured victims to the basement of his home through ads offering to sell exotic pets. He would offer victims a drink, which he would drug to knock them out. Once the women were in a state of unconsciousness, he raped them and took photos of their naked, limp bodies, court heard. One of his victims was as young as 14.
When Subbiah was arrested August 7, 1991 he was carrying a black book containing the names of 170 women, rated on a scale of 0 to 10. On Dec. 21, 1992, Subbiah was convicted of multiple sexual assaults. During the sentencing, Justice David Humphrey ordered police to escort Subbiah to his native Malaysia when he is released.

“He has no feelings, no compassion. All we can do is warehouse him,” Crown counsel Paul Normandeau told the court. Kumar was sentenced to 24 years in prison in 1992 after he was found guilty of 19 counts of sexual assault, 28 counts of administering a drug or noxious substance, 10 counts of various kinds of assault and a dozen other charges, including extortion.
In 2003 Subbiah lost a lawsuit against Correctional Service Canada after claiming he was beaten up because fellow prisoners learned about his crimes. He was treated at hospital for bruises and superficial wounds.

Reports from Malaysia suggest the country is expecting his return. Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said “We have our ways when it comes to people involved in such crimes”