Convicted northwestern B.C. murderer faces new charges

Sexual assault allegations stem from period that Christopher Alexander was on parole

A LOCAL man convicted of the 1998 second degree murder of a woman here and released on day parole last year has now been charged with two counts of sexual assault.

Christopher Alexander, 34, was arrested in June in the Fraser Valley under a warrant issued by federal corrections authorities for breaching his parole.

Information contained within a Parole Board of Canada review of Alexander’s status completed in September and records at the Abbotsford provincial court registry now indicate he has been charged with the two counts of sexual assault.

There is a court-ordered ban on publication of details of the two charges and court officials would not say if they involve one woman or two.

Alexander has been in custody since his June arrest and the parole board review resulted in his parole being revoked.

He has now been placed in a medium security prison in the Fraser Valley.

“Having incurred charges for new violent offences, noting the nature and gravity of your [original] offence, coupled with your dishonesty, indicates to the board that your risk has elevated to an undue level,” reads the parole board decision of Sept. 12.

“Day parole is revoked,” it concludes.

Alexander is due for trial this November on the two charges.

Alexander was 17 years old in December 1998 when he broke into Linda LeFranc’s southside townhouse, stabbing her 83 times with a knife taken from the kitchen.

Arrested in late 1999 following an extensive RCMP undercover operation in which an officer posing as the “Mr. Big” of a criminal gang got Alexander to admit to the murder, he was sentenced following a trial here in 2002.

Originally charged with first degree murder, Alexander was convicted of second degree murder.

He was a neighbour to LeFranc who was 36 when she was killed. Her seven-year-old daughter was in the house at the time.

Before his day parole last year, Alexander was living in an aboriginal healing village in the Fraser Valley within the Correctional Service of Canada system and able to go on short term unsupervised leaves.