The Langford manhunt from September 25 has come to an end after this blog EXCLUSIVELY named him as the target of that manhunt and tips then came from the public as to his whereabouts. Where else would you expect Derek Fast to hide besides a dope house? His t-shirt not withstanding, “Derek Fast arrested, he’s not that fast”.
Can we get a judge now who understands the mayhem that Fast created? Can we get a judge who looks at his record of ignoring promises to the courts and holds him without bail? Can we get a sentence for him commensurate with trying to run over a Mountie with murderous intent? Can we get a Crown Counsel who is actually willing to do the work to try a case before a jury, rather than just plead it out? Can we get justice, finally?
Can we get a judge who understands crime?
It is time for the courts to step up and start treating criminals like criminals. It is time that the courts finally look out for our rights as much as they look out for the criminals’ rights. The courts have a chance to mete out justice in Nanaimo with Braiden Rathy, and now in Colwood with Derek Fast.
Can we get a judge who thinks trying to run over Mounties is a serious offense?
Just look at Fast’s record and if you were the judge, you wouldn’t take any chances. We need to stop releasing these prolific offenders. They endanger the public, endanger the Mounties and cost taxpayers a considerable amount of money.
It is cheaper to keep them in jail than it is to mount a manhunt that ties up fifty or sixty RCMP, the RCMP helicopter and several RCMP dog teams.
Here is the story of Fasts’ capture from CTV
Published Tuesday, September 29, 2015 10:51AM PDT
Last Updated Tuesday, September 29, 2015 7:03PM PDT
Mounties have arrested a suspect accused of trying to run over a police officer with a stolen car in Highlands, an incident that sparked an hours-long manhunt Friday.
Derek Fast, 29, allegedly then fled from police on foot after crashing the car on Finlayson Arm Road near the Trans-Canada Highway. A woman was arrested without incident at the scene of the crash.
The ensuing manhunt for Derek Fast saw police shut down Finlayson Arm and ask residents to stay indoors for several hours.
Early reports suggested an officer opened fire at some point, but there were no known injuries to anyone involved.
K9 teams and an RCMP helicopter were also called in to aid in the search, which was eventually called off Friday night.
Police released a photo of Derek Fast on Tuesday, hours before he was eventually taken into custody in Sooke.
Details of the arrest are unclear, but RCMP said several plainclothes officers took him into custody without incident.
Fast is facing charges of possession of stolen property over $5,000, assault with a weapon, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, theft of vehicle and possession of a firearm.
The identity of the woman who was arrested has not been released.
West Shore RCMP say they’ll release no further information on the case because it’s now before the courts.
Fast’s first court appearance date has not been confirmed.
This is where dope leads. They don’t call it dope because it makes you smart.
I lived surrounded by the drug environment.
For some fifteen years, I lived in the drug community and interacted with drug addicts and drug dealers alike. In fact, my roommate for most of those years was an active IV drug user. I have waited in the car while people have met their dealer. I’ve even dropped them off in an alleyway afterwards, and sometimes brought them home.
I have been there when the spoons and the needles came out. I’ve watched as the tie strap was tightened around the arm. I’ve seen addicts draw the blood back into their rig before they administer the hit to make sure that they don’t have an air bubble and that they got a good vein. I’ve been there when the addict couldn’t find a vein and needed somebody to fix him or her in the juggler.
I’ve observed the arguments. I’ve witnessed people stealing somebody else’s heroin and listened to the threats. I have seen the violence that ensues. I was even made an after-the-fact witness to murder. I’ve seen it all and know of what I speak. So, when I tell you that I understand, “I understand”.
Judges don’t live in or understand the world of crime, gangs and addiction.
On the other hand, our judges have sat on benches and listened to sad stories about how this person or that person came to their addiction. They here stories about broken childhoods and believe promises of reform and recovery put forth by defense lawyers.
Then the judges most often release the addict on bail. Afterward, when that addict doesn’t appear before the court again for three months, or six months, or for whatever length of time, the judges believe they have done their job. They convince themselves that the addict tried, made a good run at sobriety, but finally succumbed to addiction. So with that belief and a defence lawyer ready to attest to it, when that addict appears before that judge again, that judge gives the addict another chance.He releases the addict on the same conditions, and says that he hopes the addict makes it all the way this time. It’s sheer idiocy.
It is so prevalent as to be ritualistic. Therefore, prolific offenders, gang members and addicts go into court expecting to be released.
It’s a routine carried out in BC courtrooms scores of times each day. It is all bullsh*t.
The truth is that upon walking out of the courtroom the addict may have done a fix before showing up at their bail or probation supervisor. If not before, he will most certainly have done so within a few hours of that appointment. The truth is that the reason they didn’t appear in court charged with an additional crime for three months or for six months or for whatever length of time after some form of a conditional release is not because they were going straight and getting clean. It is because they were more careful about their crimes, and therefore, just didn’t get caught for that period of time.
You need to understand, when walking out of that courtroom, it isn’t just about what was said to the judge or even about what the addict’s mind wants. It’s about what the addict’s body will allow. And it’s about what that addict is willing to go through in order to get clean. I have yet to meet the drug addict who didn’t want to get clean. But I have never met an addict who got clean solely because a judge made it part of their conditions.
Are you starting to understand yet that something is seriously wrong with the way our courts treat addicts, gang members and prolific offenders in British Columbia?
Here is the reality of what happens in BC versus other provinces to those who are arrested due to drug offences,
“As was previously explained, British Columbia has, in the past, consistently reported the highest rate of drug crime. Statistics in 1997 show, however, that with respect to charging drug offenders, the province of British Columbia is more lenient than other provinces.”
The Canadian Parliament recognizes the problem; why can’t BC’s judges?
There are lives at risk
Every time a judge makes a bad decision on bail, that judge puts lives at risk. This includes the lives of our police, your family’s life and your life. This has to stop. Judges must begin to understand that their decisions have consequences, not just on the criminals, but on society also. Judges can no longer release opiate addicts, gang members, and for that matter, those who have violated previous release conditions, or those who have any violence in their history.
The courts need to stop making the job of police impossible. Bail and Conditional Releases are designed for those individuals who are unlikely to re-offend upon release. They are not for individuals whose very lifestyle and affiliations create a risk. In other words, bail is meant for the “few”, not the “many”.
Derek Fast is currently being held in custody [let’s hope it stays that way]. He is scheduled to appear in a tele-bail hearing Wednesday morning, Sept. 30. He is facing multiple, serious Criminal Code charges. His charges include Assault with a Weapon, Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Stolen Property (over $5,000), Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Theft of a Motor Vehicle.