Accused convicted of offences including three counts of murder. One of the victims was a child. Issue regarding imposition of consecutive parole ineligibility periods.
Held: Life sentence, parole ineligibility set at 75 years.
Although the killings were related, the deaths occurred at three distinct times and in three separate locations. Accordingly, the offences did not arise out of the same event, and consecutive sentences were an available option: 718.3(4)(b)(i) CC. The jury recommended consecutive parole ineligibility periods. A 75 year sentence was not unduly harsh. The accused’s actions offended “the most elemental and fundamental human norms”.
P. Edgerton – Defence Counsel