Man con­victed of killing Glace Bay na­tive breaches con­di­tions

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­

Kel­loway fam­ily un­happy with be­hav­iour of son’s killer.

The mother of a Glace Bay man who was stabbed to death in Al­berta five years ago is not sur­prised the man re­spon­si­ble is back be­hind bars.

Ni­cholas Ras­berry was ar­rested for breach­ing his bail con­di­tions but what shocks Mon­ica Kel­loway is that he was al­lowed to travel while un­der house ar­rest as he ap­peals a man­slaugh­ter con­vic­tion.

“It never sur­prised me that he got caught again as he’s a mur­derer and a liar,” said Kel­loway of Glace Bay. “He’s a spoiled rot­ten brat that gets away with do­ing any­thing he wants.”

RCMP Cpl. Cur­tis Peters con­firmed Ras­berry was ar­rested at a ho­tel in Can­more, Alta., at about 3:30 a.m. on Sun­day.

Peters said Ras­berry had per­mis­sion to be in Can­more.

“Of­fi­cers went there to check on com­pli­ance of the con­di­tions of his re­lease,” Peters said.

“He was found in vi­o­la­tion of his con­di­tions and he was ar­rested,” adding the vi­o­la­tion was al­co­hol-re­lated.

He said Ras­berry was charged with three counts of breach­ing his re­lease con­di­tions and for re­sist­ing ar­rest. Ras­berry was re­manded into cus­tody and will ap­pear in a Can­more court by close cir­cuit tele­vi­sion to­day.

“How many other times was he al­lowed to (travel)? My son was mur­dered in the most bru­tal way pos­si­ble and yet this mur­derer is al­lowed to go to work and walk the streets. They re­ally like stick­ing the knife in the back of the Kel­loway fam­ily.”

She said Ras­berry also breached his con­di­tions the day be­fore he was sen­tenced on the man­slaugh­ter con­vic­tion when he was ar­rested at a road­side check.

“He never should have been al­lowed out, he should have been in jail all this time. That’s our jus­tice system for you.”

On May 4, 2013, Craig Kel­loway, a ju­nior high school teacher had re­cently moved into a new house in Cal­gary. He and his girl­friend spent the evening so­cial­iz­ing with Ras­berry and his wife, whom they met ear­lier that day.

Hours later, Kel­loway was found by paramedics dy­ing on Ras­berry’s floor. He had 37 stab wounds to his neck, chest, back, armpits and bowel area.

Ras­berry, who never de­nied killing Kel­loway, claimed that Craig Kel­loway tried to sex­u­ally as­sault him and that the stab­bing was done in self-de­fence.

The Kel­loway fam­ily con­tends it is clear their son was mur­dered. Evidence pre­sented in court showed Craig had a blood al­co­hol level of .300, a level of in­tox­i­ca­tion that would ren­der many peo­ple un­con­scious and in such a con­di­tion he could not have been a threat to Ras­berry. They also say Craig had mul­ti­ple de­fen­sive in­juries on his hands and fore­arms yet Ras­berry had no signs of in­jury what­so­ever.

In Oc­to­ber 2015, a judge found Ras­berry guilty of man­slaugh­ter af­ter a two-week trial.

Both the Crown and the de­fence are ap­peal­ing the re­sult and Ras­berry was re­leased on bail pend­ing the de­ci­sion.

Craig’s fa­ther Harvey Kel­loway, a re­tired po­lice of­fice, said they com­mend the work of the po­lice for mon­i­tor­ing Ras­berry’s bail con­di­tions.

“Tremen­dous po­lice work, you couldn’t ask for bet­ter.”

How­ever Harvey Kel­loway said they are up­set with the jus­tice system as Ras­berry was re­leased on bail with con­di­tions in­clud­ing stay­ing away from al­co­hol or places where it’s served and yet he has been work­ing at his old job in a night­club.

“He is al­lowed to con­tinue to work at the bar where al­co­hol is served which is in­cred­i­ble since he was in­tox­i­cated at the time he mur­dered Craig.”

He said if Ras­berry is re­leased a sec­ond time it will be ex­tremely up­set­ting to their fam­ily.

“We feel if a per­son is out on bail and breaches con­di­tions they should lose their house and money — what­ever they put up — not only Ras­berry but ev­ery­one on bail con­di­tions.’”

How­ever Kel­loway said they feel the jus­tice system will let them down again and they will see Ras­berry walk­ing free again to­day.

“Where’s jus­tice? That’s what we are look­ing for but we can’t seem to see a light at the end of the tun­nel.’”

Craig Kel­loway

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