Vancouver police reported Monday (April 24) that a violent killer wanted on a Canadawide warrant since April 19 has been arrested and is back in custody.
The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) said in a press release that Steven Frederickson was re-arrested, but provided no other details about where he was arrested.
Frederickson, 56, is considered to be violent and posed a risk to public safety while he was out, according to the VPD.
Frederickson killed a transgender man in 2010 and was convicted of manslaughter in 2013. He also stabbed a prostitute in 1987 and kidnapped a woman and her children in 1995.
Frederickson is legally deaf and required tag-teaming sign-language translators during his trial in B.C. Supreme Court in Chilliwack in 2013.
In October 2013, Frederickson was acquitted of the second-degree murder of Robert-Jan Planje at Planje’s Ashwell Road mobile home. The then 47-year-old was found guilty of manslaughter.
The night before Planje’s death, Frederickson said in court that the two spent the evening drinking wine, with Planje smoking marijuana while he smoked crack cocaine. Frederickson said he woke up the next day in his underwear in Planje’s bed, and he claimed he had been sexually assaulted.
At trial, Justice William Grist found any assault by Planje unbelievable since Frederickson is – or at least was – a large man and the 64-year-old Planje was a thin, five-foot-two-inch transgender man. While wanted on the warrant, VPD described him as 6’1” with a slim build.
A neighbour witnessed Frederickson later drag what looked to be a wrapped body out to Planje’s car the night of the killing.
Frederickson, a crack user, killed Planje in a violent and protracted incident that saw the small man covered in bruises, defensive wounds, the body later dumped in a remote location near Hope.
Justice Grist declined to hand a dangerous offender (DO) designation to Frederickson despite his extensive violent criminal past. Instead, Frederickson was handed the LTSO designation of the maximum length of 10 years in addition to a 10-year prison term.
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