La­timer de­nied ex­tended leave from B.C. half­way house

Cape Breton Post - - NATIONAL -

AB­BOTS­FORD, B. C. (CP) — The Saskatchewan farmer who killed his se­verely dis­abled daugh­ter has again lost his bid for an ex­tended leave from his Bri­tish Columbia half­way house.

The Na­tional Pa­role Board said Wed­nes­day that it stands by an de­ci­sion last Novem­ber to deny Robert La­timer’s re­quest to live on his own dur­ing the week and only stay at the half­way house on week­ends.

“ You have, on oc­ca­sion, demon­strated that you may be tak­ing your pa­role for granted as you did leave your su­per­vi­sion area without per­mis­sion,” the board said in its writ­ten rul­ing re­ject­ing the ex­tended leave.

That was likely a ref­er­ence to last Oc­to­ber when La­timer re­turned to his apart­ment af­ter an ex­tended leave in­stead of the half­way house.

A war­rant was is­sued and La­timer was taken into cus­tody, al­though the war­rant was later can­celled when he ex­plained that he had made a mis­take.

The board also said Wed­nes­day that it has granted La­timer’s re­quest for con­tin­ued day pa­role and ad­di­tional leave to visit his fam­ily in Saskatchewan.

“ You are still con­sid­ered a very low risk to re-of­fend,” the rul­ing said. “As such, the board con­cludes that day pa­role re­mains the least re­stric­tive op­tion con­sis­tent with pub­lic safety.”

La­timer, 56, had also re­quested the board re­move travel re­stric­tions that spec­ify he re­main in Canada within the bound­aries fixed by his pa­role of­fi­cer.

But the board ruled the is­sue is be­yond its purview and will not be ad­dressed.

La­timer is serv­ing a life sen­tence for sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in the 1993 death of his 12-year-old daugh­ter Tracy, who he killed with car­bon monox­ide.

He will be el­i­gi­ble for full pa­role in De­cem­ber.

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