Killer’s re­quest for overnight passes de­nied

In­di­rectly su­per­vised nights in tran­si­tion bun­ga­lows on hos­pi­tal prop­erty ap­proved

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The man who killed Ray­mond Taavel six years ago will now have the op­tion to spend nights in a bun­ga­low on hos­pi­tal prop­erty, but was de­nied his med­i­cal team’s re­quest for overnight passes in the com­mu­nity.

In 2016, An­dre Denny was sen­tenced to eight years for man­slaugh­ter in Taavel’s April 2012 death, when the LGBTQ ac­tivist was killed out­side Menz & Mol­lyz Bar in Hal­i­fax. With about six years credit for time served, Denny served out the rest of his sen­tence at the East Coast Foren­sic Hos­pi­tal (ECFH) where he still lives, though his war­rant ex­pired in Fe­bru­ary 2018.

Denny is a dual-sta­tus of­fender: He was de­clared crim­i­nally AT READ THE FULL STORY THES­TAR.COM/HAL­I­FAX An­dre Noel Denny has been on un­escorted com­mu­nity passes and his med­i­cal team was seek­ing the abil­ity to have him go on un­su­per­vised overnights.

re­spon­si­ble in Taavel’s case, but not crim­i­nally re­spon­si­ble in two pre­vi­ous cases, which is why he’s still in care at ECFH. He’s also on pro­ba­tion un­til July 2020.

The prov­ince’s Crim­i­nal Code Re­view Board (CCRB)

met Tues­day to hear ev­i­dence from Denny’s med­i­cal team on his on­go­ing treat­ment and risk as­sess­ment.

The hos­pi­tal team re­quested that Denny’s com­mu­nity priv­i­leges be raised from a “ceil­ing” of Level 4 (L4) to L5

and L6. That would mean, when the team felt it ap­pro­pri­ate, Denny would be el­i­gi­ble to spend “in­di­rectly su­per­vised” con­sec­u­tive nights in the tran­si­tion bun­ga­lows on hos­pi­tal prop­erty (L5) and then even­tu­ally be granted Ray­mond Taavel, a pop­u­lar Hal­i­fax LGBTQ ac­tivist, was killed in 2012.

un­su­per­vised overnight passes up to six con­sec­u­tive nights a week (L6).

The tran­si­tion bun­ga­lows al­low peo­ple to prac­tice life­style skills like cook­ing, clean­ing and other tasks in prepa­ra­tion for be­ing re­leased from the hos­pi­tal.

After dis­cus­sions with the med­i­cal team, Crown lawyer Karen Quigley and Denny’s lawyer Kelly Ryan, the board opted to grant Denny an L5 ceil­ing, but deny him an L6 ceil­ing. thes­tar.com/hal­i­fax WWW.THES­TAR.COM As peo­ple gather to mark the an­niver­sary of one of Canada’s worst hu­man-made dis­as­ters, largely ab­sent will be those who sur­vived its fury.

It was 101 years ago Thurs­day that the re­lief ship Imo struck the French mu­ni­tions ship, Mont Blanc in Hal­i­fax Har­bour, spark­ing a blast that oblit­er­ated a large sec­tion of the city, killing al­most 2,000 peo­ple and maim­ing 9,000.

A ser­vice at Fort Need­ham Me­mo­rial Park in the city’s north end will in­clude a mo­ment of si­lence to mark the dis­as­ter at 9:04 a.m., but Hal­i­fax Ex­plo­sion ex­perts say sur­vivors are no longer able to tell the sto­ries of the 1917 dis­as­ter.

“Now that we have lost them, the re­flec­tion on the ex­pe­ri­ence will dif­fer,” said Dan Con­lin, cu­ra­tor of Pier 21’s Cana­dian Mu­seum of Im­mi­gra­tion.

As Hal­i­fax Ex­plo­sion sur­vivors go silent, event be­comes a sec­ond-hand story

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