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Our justice system at work.

2007-03-21 - 5:43 p.m.

I cannot believe it: the man who held up my husband at knife-point two and a half years ago (and tried to hold him up again on two more occasions but was thwarted: once when other customers were in the store; once when J just up and ran away when approached outside the store at opening time) is out, despite the fact we’d been promised that he’d be looking at at least four years in jail when he plead guilty.

How do I know this? I was listening to the news this morning and it mentioned this news release issued by the Ottawa Police Service:

The Ottawa Police Service has arrested two men in relation to break and enters in retirement homes.

Last night, around 6:30 pm, NAME1, 41 year[s]-old and NAME2, 42 year[s]-old, both of Ottawa, were arrested by police after a lengthy investigation into thefts at retirement homes from across the city. They are suspected to have stolen wallets, money and jewelry [sic] from multiple retirement residences.

The pair was apprehended after exiting a retirement home in the westend [sic]. Other charges are pending.

Both men will appear in court this morning.

My ear was caught by NAME2 (it’s not that I want to protect the bastard’s privacy, I just don’t want him or any friend of his searching for his name online to find this journal), and suddenly I was AWAKE.

So, not only is he out a year and a half before the date we were assured was the earliest he’d be out, but he’s been out long enough to have been the subject of a “lengthy investigation”. And he’s stealing from elderly people? (For the second time I know about – he was arrested for impersonating a gas-company employee and doing the same thing in a nearby town a few years ago.) Well my stars, imagine my surprise.

WTF people?

I know the police are only responsible for catching the criminals and once they’re proven guilty it’s up to the justice system to determine how long they stay locked up, but come on: he’s a repeat offender who plead guilty to a violent crime; if he’s out early presumably he was considered a low risk for offending again (which just… no. Look at what he’s done in the past and what he’s up to now.); and we’d been assured that there was no way he’d be out before four years.

I’m really pissed off about this. I don’t expect them to call and tell us when he’s out, but nor do I expect him to get out well before he was supposed to. And there’s no way we would have known he was out if he hadn’t been arrested again. Thank God my husband is no longer at that particular business location. This thug knows J’s full name and at one point – thanks to the wallet he stole from J when he was robbing his store – he knew our address. Though there’s no reason to think he’d look us up, I nevertheless suddenly feel a little less safe. I’m glad the house is for sale. It may be irrational to even be worried at this point, but I’m still going to feel better when we move.

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