February 20, 2008Mom killer seeks breakBy BRYN WEESE, SUN MEDIA
One of the "Bathtub Girls" now wants to towel off.
Found guilty in June 2006 along with her younger sister of drowning their alcoholic mother in a bathtub on Jan. 18, 2003, the now 21-year-old, who was 16 at the time, is asking to be freed from a federal women's prison in Kitchener into a Brampton halfway house.
She was in a Brampton courtroom yesterday for an annual review of her sentence under Section 94 of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
She and her sister, who hid their involvement in the crime for more than a year before police made the arrests, have served just two years of their 10-year sentences, the maximum allowed for youths convicted of first-degree murder.
Both inmates at the Grand Valley Institution, the two have had no face-to-face communication during their incarceration. They are supposed to serve six years of their sentence in prison and the remaining four under conditional supervision in the community.
According to Crown attorney Michael Cantlon, the judge can either confirm the original sentence or release her from custody and place her under conditional supervision.
Justice Bruce Duncan, who heard the case yesterday, is expected to issue his ruling on April 22.
The two girls were the first two siblings to be convicted of matricide in Canada. Their identities cannot be revealed because they were young offenders when they drugged
and drowned their mother and made it look like an accident in Mississauga. (Source)
Am I the only one who realizes that the only reason that the parole board is entertaining this absurd request is that the criminal is female?