Canada's most notorious murderer and rapist, Paul Bernardo, is seeking day parole in Toronto. Bernardo was imprisoned over two decades ago after being found guilty on multiple atrocities.
The lawyer for the families of Bernardo's murder victims — 14-year-old Leslie Mahaffy and 15-year-old Kristen French — says Correctional Service Canada sent out a form letter to the families on the 25th of June advising them of Bernardo's application to spend a day outside of his cell.
The convicted killer was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years in 1994 after admitting to raping and murdering Mahaffy and French, crimes he carried out with his then wife, Karla Homolka. Recently, the Harper government introduced a bill that would void parole hearings from criminals deemed to be extremely heinous. Bernardo would, without a doubt, fall into that category.
Thankfully, the general consensus from lawyers is that Bernardo's ridiculous request will be denied and he will spend the rest of his life rotting in jail. Criminal lawyer Daniel Brown spoke to The Toronto Star: “I can’t think of any murderer designated a ‘dangerous offender’ who has been granted parole,” he said. “Simply being eligible for parole means very little to the parole board”.