Wrongful Conviction: W5 Investigates Case of Ivan Henry – a “Dangerous Offender” Who Served 27-Year Prison Sentence Before Acqui

— November 6, 2014

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TORONTO (November 6, 2014) – For 27 years, Vancouver’s Ivan Henry was locked up in prison, declared a dangerous offender, and behind bars before being acquitted of committing a string of brutal sexual attacks in the early 1980s. Premiering this Saturday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, and on-demand on the CTV NEWS GO app, W5’s “VICTIM OR VILLAIN” digs into the investigation and conviction of the man who police called the “Rip-Off Rapist” - a sexual predator who terrorized Vancouver until 1982. CTV News Vancouver’s Jon Woodward, on special assignment for W5, takes viewers through the case, from the seemingly prejudicial treatment by police to shaky eye-witness testimony to the apparent failure of the courts to give him a fair trial – and Henry’s steadfast refusal to admit guilt.

This week’s all-new W5 follows last week’s season-high ratings broadcast, attracting 1.03 million viewers – a 14% increase of viewers in the program’s 49th season-to-date average – and winning Saturday night among non-sports programming*.

With few leads and growing public pressure to make an arrest, police zeroed in on Henry, who lived in the heart of Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, where many of the attacks occurred. What followed was an investigation with little physical evidence and dubious identification of Henry by some of the victims. His current lawyer, Cameron Ward, tells W5 the Henry case is “a textbook example of a wrongful conviction.” Sentenced as a dangerous offender, Henry faced an indeterminate sentence but never gave up protesting his innocence, filing 50 applications to have his conviction overturned – all of them denied. W5 reveals how mounting evidence questioning his conviction was eventually impossible to ignore. More than two decades later in October 2010, a comprehensive review of the case led the B.C. Court of Appeals to acquit Henry on all counts. 

In the second story, W5’s Kevin Newman delivers an up-close-and-personal profile of Great Big Sea frontman, Alan Doyle. “WHERE I BELONG” features the pride of Petty Harbour, N.L., recounting rich childhood memories growing up in the small fishing town, where a rich history and Celtic tradition continues to infuse his music. While Doyle’s life as a musician has kept him on the road for 20 years, he credits his deep Petty Harbour roots for keeping him grounded as he found acclaim across Canada and around the world.   

W5 also airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET and Sundays at 5 p.m. ET on CTV Two, CTV News Channel on Sundays at 7 p.m. ET, and can be seen on Investigation Discovery on Tuesdays at 11 p.m. ET, and Wednesdays 12 noon ET; on demand at CTVNews.ca/W5; the CTV Mobile channel on Bell Mobile TV, and through video on demand partners, such as Bell Fibe TV (visit CTV.ca for local listings).









About W5

With an ongoing commitment to covering tough, relevant stories with fair and responsible reporting, W5 is in its 49th season of investigative journalism. Hosted by CTV NEWS’ Lloyd Robertson, W5 is the most-watched documentary program in Canada, and the winner of several awards including the prestigious Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism. Anton Koschany is Executive Producer of W5. Brett Mitchell is Senior Producer. Wendy Freeman is President, CTV News.

About CTV
CTV is Canada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 13 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at

Source: Numeris (BBM Canada); *non-sports; Nov. 1, 2014 overnight data; Sept. 29-Oct.26, 2014, final data


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Patricia Garcia, Bell Media, 416.384.2645 or patricia.garcia@bellmedia.ca 

Renee Dupuis, Bell Media, 416.384.3154 or renee.dupuis@bellmedia.ca