I just read a news story about a man who brutalized and later murdered his wife, while forcing his 4-year old son to watch. He has been granted day parole after serving 14 years of his life sentence. It is a sad reflection of the Canadian justice system. I truly believe in the inherent goodness of humanity. I believe in second chances, but violent criminals such as this deserve no less than to spend the rest of their lives in jail. This man had a history of violence and I think that should have been taken into consideration. Bad enough he murdered his estranged wife but to force his child to watch defies explanation and makes mercy for him impossible to muster. Every particle of my being is enraged. The injustice and blatant callousness of our so-called justice system toward this woman’s children who live in fear of this man defies logic.

As a female who has grown up knowing there is no real safety, no real protection allotted my sex, this is one more example of how vulnerable women can be. Peace bonds are useless, it seems, And answers to domestic violence are convoluted, as impossible to unravel as a spider’s web.

This man walks free. His children do not. It is a bitter pill to swallow.


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