Killer’s request for overnight passes denied
Indirectly supervised nights in transition bungalows on hospital property approved
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