Darcy Don Bannert

Darcy Don Bannert

Hellbeast Darcy Bannert
Crimes: Child Abuse, Pedophile

Darcy Don Bannert of Edmonton is a vile piece of shit, IMO. The things he did to a helpless 4-year-old girl are nearly unimaginable, completely sadistic and undeniably criminal. And the fact that the little girl’s own mother was complicit is unconscionable.

Darcy Bannert, 25, and the victim’s mother, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the child, were arrested in December, 2005. And not before time, either!

Darcy Bannert houseDarcy Bannert and his girlfriend had turned their cosy little love nest into a “house of horror” for their tiny victim. The little girl had been handcuffed by her feet in the basement, locked to an iron grate and deprived of anything to drink. She was so thirsty that she even drank Miracle-Gro plant fertilizer and her own urine. The poor little darling had been slapped, hit, punched, called “bitch” and “stinky little girl”, and was routinely handcuffed to heavy things such as a hope chest or a milk crate or furniture.

And then there was the sex. Darcy Bannert, besides being a monstrous hellbeast child abuser, is a pedophile. He would force the little girl to watch porn videos with him, and then he’d make her dance “like a stripper”.

And then there was bath time which we can only gather was sex with “daddy” in the bathtub. Gawd, I hate pedophiles!

There were witnesses. A lesbian couple lived with the family for 2 months and saw the child routinely abused. They saw the hitting, the punching, slapping, the name calling, the handcuffing. For 2 months. And then they called the authorities.

Excuse me while I say WTF? These people witnessed this ongoing abuse for 2 freakin’ months?!? I gotta tell you, the first time I witness something like that, the first time I see a child punched or handcuffed, and I’m on the phone to the police! I cannot imagine any rationale that would allow those roommates to keep quiet and watch a 4-year-old being abused for 2 months!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad the women turned in Darcy Bannert and his girlfriend, but it would have been much better if they’d done it on day 1 rather than day 60.

When the little girl was finally rescued from this “house of horror” she was placed with a foster family. She was happy about it. She repeatedly said, “No more foot locks, no more soap in my mouth, no more sex.”

The tiny victim shocked her foster mother by begging her to undress and join her in the tub so they could have sex. She would also apply lip gloss to her baby vagina. As she told her foster mother, “Daddy said that’s where it was supposed to go.”

When Darcy the hellbeast Bannert went to trial his lawyers trotted out the fact that he had been physically and sexually abused as a child. Know what? I don’t give a flying rat’s ass that he was abused as a child! Nobody gets a free pass to beat and rape a child because it happened to them! You have trauma to deal with? Then deal with it BEFORE you subject any vulnerable person to your hate or anger or sick perversions!

The defense lawyers argued in court that while the couple might have gone just a little too far with their discipline, they didn’t actually abuse the girl. Riiight.

Darcy POS pedophile Bannert was convicted of 9 of the 11 charges against him, including sexual assault, sexual interference, assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm, common assault, unlawful confinement, uttering threats of bodily harm, possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking and proceeds of crime.

The POS mother of the victim, the one who welcomed Darcy Bannert into her home, who gave the pedophile unfettered access to her helpless child, the one who actually joined in the physical and emotional abuse, the one who helped deprive her baby of water to drink, was found guilty of common assault and causing a child to need protective care. Three other charges against her were dismissed. WTF? This is justice?

Crown prosecutor Shelley Bykewich berated Darcy Bannert for choosing “one of the most vulnerable segments of society” as his “target for entertainment” and the “focus of his sexual pleasure” and told the court a strong message must be sent to the public.

“Darcy Bannert has no one to blame for his actions but himself. He was the player in this game who held all the cards,” said prosecutor Bykewich. “While (the victim) was merely his puppet for him to play his sadistic games with and satisfy an element of his sexual cravings.”

Crown prosecutor Shelley Bykewich asked Justice Darlene Acton to sentence Bannert to between 12 and 15 years in prison, and defense lawyer Kent Teskey urged her to deliver a paltry 8-year sentence.

A victim impact statement written by a social worker said the victim has trouble learning and cannot form normal emotional relationships because of her trauma. The girl is undergoing intense psychotherapy, is on medication for post-traumatic stress syndrome and lives in a foster home. She isn’t allowed to play with other children unsupervised because she makes sexual advances towards them.

“(Her) sexual innocence has been taken away and is unable to ever be replaced,” states the social worker’s report.

Justice Darlene Acton said Darcy Bannert had shown no remorse and that he was a key player in a systematic plan in an abusive pattern of behaviour.

Good, so did Justice Acton throw the book at the monstrous child abuser? Ummm, not exactly.

In September 2007, Darcy POS pedophile Bannert was sentenced to a whopping 8 years in prison but the judge said he should serve just 5 years and 8 months to make up for the time he’d spent in custody before the trial. He was sent to serve his time at Bowden Institution in Innisfail.

This is justice? The little girl has a lifetime of troubles ahead of her, bless her, and this monster gets out after 5 years 8 months. He’ll be in his early 30’s, still fit and able to hook up with gullible single mothers out there with young girls.

And the girl’s mother was handed a 2-year conditional sentence to be served in the community. Ouch! How brutal! No jail time for smacking her baby around and leaving her in the care of a pedophile! No jail time for depriving her little girl of drinkable liquids. No jail time for allowing a 4-year-old to be handcuffed to furniture!

And bonus! Nobody knows her name because it would reveal the identity of the victim. She’s going about life as though she had done nothing wrong! I pray she’s not breeding any other victims! Bitch!

Darcy Bannert’s mother still supported her boy after his conviction. She said, “I don’t believe that there was any sexual abuse there. I find that horrifying and I cannot believe that.”

She said she hopes her son gets counseling while he is in prison, to help him deal with his anger. “Through thick and thin I am behind my son. I love him.”

Ummm, where was she when her boy was being physically and sexually abused as a child? Still, it must have cheered Darcy up no end to know his mommy didn’t think he was a pedophile.

Maybe his mommy’s support went to his head, but Darcy Bannert was too stupid to stop while he was ahead. The idiot POS pedophile just had to appeal the verdict claiming the victim’s statements shouldn’t have been admitted as evidence. He wanted a new trial.

The Crown filed its own appeal, on the grounds that the sentences imposed for Darcy Bannert’s crimes are “demonstrably unfit having regard to the gravity of the offences.”

The Crown also says the judge didn’t give proper weight to the aggravating and mitigating factors in the case.

The Court of Appeal ruled that the victim’s statements were admitted correctly, so no new trial for Bannert. Oooh, too bad.

The Court of Appeal also agreed with the Crown and ruled that Darcy Bannert be convicted on an additional charge of assault causing bodily harm.

As a result of the Court of Appeal’s ruling, Justice Darlene Acton (her again) added 1 whole year to Darcy Bannert’s prison sentence. That’s right, 1 additional year for assaulting a 4-year-old girl causing bodily harm.

Justice Acton said she decided the 1-year term was appropriate because she didn’t want to go higher than what she earlier gave him on his unlawful confinement conviction. WTF? Why the hell not?

Justice Acton also said she was “pleased” Darcy Bannert was seeking help while in prison and said he should be commended for taking steps.

“I’ve done a lot of wrong in my life,” said Darcy POS Bannert in addressing the court. “I’m just glad there’s an end to this. I realize what I have done in my life. I’ve got to make change.”

Now I don’t know if Darcy Bannert is still in prison (I’ve heard rumours he’s out already) but regardless, I don’t have much faith in his ability or willingness to “make change.” Unless it’s to give 4 loonies for a fiver.

Hellbeast pedophile Darcy BannertPedophiles don’t change. If and when he’s out, Darcy Bannert will be prowling for more young victims sooner or later. So you single mothers out there, check out his photo and DO NOT BRING HIM HOME!

Note to the anonymous “mother” who participated in this horrific crime: rot in hell. May your uterus wither and die before you breed again.

And a note to Darcy Don Bannert: likewise rot in hell, you child abusing pedophile spawn of Satan!

And I sent prayers of happiness and wellness to that poor little girl who was so horribly tortured and tormented. I hope she can overcome this evil and live a full and contented life.

CBC News article
CTV News article

 

Abuser of 4-year-old gets 8 years in prison

Darcy Don Bannert was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday for the torture and repeated sexual abuse of a four-year-old girl who called him daddy.

BY THE EDMONTON JOURNAL SEPTEMBER 27, 2007

Darcy Don Bannert was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday for the torture and repeated sexual abuse of a four-year-old girl who called him daddy.

The 26-year-old Edmonton man was convicted in June of sexually assaulting his girlfriend’s daughter, as well as sexual interference, unlawful confinement, assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon.

Police called it “one of the most horrific child abuse cases they have ever seen.”

“This was a systematic plan and an abusing, controlling pattern of behaviour,” Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Darlene Acton said in an oral judgment.

“Mr. Bannert chose to engage in these criminal activities,” she said. “There is no evidence before the court that he did not know or did not understand that his behaviour was wrong and unacceptable in our society.”

Bannert was pale but showed no emotion in court. Dressed in a prisoner’s blue jumpsuit with the collar turned up to hide the big heart-shaped tattoo on his neck, he sat hunched in the prisoner’s dock, his eyes on the judge.

Bannert called his mother after his sentencing. “He’s doing OK,” Juanita Bannert said from her home in Grand Forks, B.C.

“I don’t believe that there was any sexual abuse there. I find that horrifying and I cannot believe that.”

She said she hopes her son gets counselling while he is in prison, to help him deal with his anger.

“Through thick and thin I am behind my son. I love him.”

At trial, court heard Bannert used handcuffs to shackle the girl to furniture “for his own amusement,” locked her in a dark basement and sexually assaulted her at bath time.

Witnesses described seeing the little girl punched, slapped and hit in the derelict north-Edmonton home.

They testified that Bannert forced her to sit on the couch with him to watch pornographic videos, and that she danced for him “like a stripper.”

She was routinely deprived of water, to the point where she drank liquid plant fertilizer and her own urine.

Acton said the court must send a very strong message to Canadians that people who perpetrate crimes against children face severe punishment.

She gave Bannert the standard two-for-one credit for the time he has already served, bringing his sentence to five years and eight months in a penitentiary.

Crown prosecutor Shelley Bykewich had asked Acton to sentence Bannert to between 12 and 15 years in prison, and defence lawyer Kent Teskey urged her to consider an eight-year sentence.

Both declined to comment Wednesday. A spokesman for Alberta Justice also declined to comment, as the case is still before the courts.

“There is an appeal period and the department will be reviewing the judge’s ruling before making any decision on the appeal,” David Dear said.

Bannert’s 22-year-old girlfriend, who cannot be named due to a publication ban, was also convicted of assaulting her daughter and causing the child to be in need of protective services.

She was sentenced in July to two years of strict, around-the-clock house arrest, followed by one year of probation. The Crown has appealed that sentence.

Court heard that both Bannert and the child’s mother were also physically and sexually abused as children.

Teskey told the court Bannert was raised in a violent home in Grand Forks, and that he was in and out of foster care for most of his life.

At 15, he spent two weeks in hospital after his stepfather beat him with a baseball bat. Later, he was sexually assaulted while performing community service work.

The child’s mother also lived a “horrific life,” defence lawyer Mike Danyluik said at her sentencing hearing in July.

Court heard that both of the woman’s parents were addicted to alcohol and drugs and that her father encouraged her mother into prostitution to support their habits. As a child, she was left with strangers while her mother worked, and was once offered to a john.

The doe-eyed, dark-haired little girl at the centre of this case will never return to her mother’s care.

She has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and can’t form normal emotional bonds with others. She has trouble eating, sleeping and playing nicely with other children.

In a victim impact statement, a Children’s Services case worker said her future will be fraught with challenges as a result of the abuse she has suffered.

However, the case worker told the court there is still hope for the little girl, who turns six this month.

kkleiss@thejournal.canwest.com