EDMONTON — An Edmonton man who broke into a seniors' residence and viciously beat and raped an 84-year-old woman who later died was handed a life sentence on Wednesday.
Marvin Arthur Witzaney — who earlier pleaded guilty to charges of manslaughter and break, enter and sexual assault causing bodily harm — was also ordered to serve 10 years before being eligible for parole.
Justice Eric Macklin described the May 8, 2011, sex attack as "violent, brutal and degrading" and said Witzaney's actions were "horrific" and "egregious" and he was "clearly a man in need of help."
Macklin ruled it was aggravating that Witzaney, 48, used "extreme violence" when he bashed the elderly victim in the head with a stainless steel thermos.
It was also aggravating that the "vicious" sexual assault took place in the sanctity of the "vulnerable" woman's home where she had been sleeping.
"She was violated in the most degrading manner possible and it is hard to imagine the terror she must have endured," said Macklin.
According to an agreed statement of facts, Witzaney terrorized residents of the Edmonton Chinese Senior's Lodge between 2000 and 2008 and was repeatedly charged with trespassing and indecent acts.