dr martens black 1460 family had opposed open custody
He noted the “astounding progress” the young offender has made and the importance of his reintegration into the community.Lessening custody restrictions, Chisholm added, will give him the best chance at contributing to society and not reoffending.”I know that is not going to satisfy people,” Chisholm said.In December 2014, Vittrekwa, 17, was found dead on a walking trail in the McIntyre subdivision.A year later, the young man who had beaten her unconscious and left her in the cold without a coat pled guilty to manslaughter.He was sentenced in June 2016 to three years’ incarceration, the maximum sentence allowed for youth.There are five months remaining until he will be under conditional supervision in the community.Crown prosecutor Noel Sinclair had argued against granting the young offender open custody. He noted Vittrekwa’s family opposes the change.The court heard about the impact the sentence and Vittrekwa’s death have had in a letter from her grandmother, Mary Jane Moses, read aloud by a representative from the territorial victim’s services branch.Moses said she believes the sentence for her granddaughter’s death was too lenient.”Justice was not served,” she said.Vittrekwa “was a blessing when she was born, a shining light to everyone around us,” Moses said.She noted that she helped to raise her granddaughter and taught her about the Gwich’in way of life and culture.When she was brutally taken,
Moses said, it left an emptiness.”As a family, we were so devastated and shocked that this could be happening,” she said. “To reflect back on this now, it still hurts so bad.”Dealing with the senseless loss will be a lifelong healing journey, she added, helped by the outpouring of love and support the family has received.Sinclair told the court Vittrekwa’s family members were surprised to learn the young man is already not exclusively confined to the Young Offenders Facility on Range Road.”There has been very little information provided to the family,” he said.Under the Victims of Crime Act, Sinclair noted, the director of juvenile justice is required to provide victims’ families with information about the terms of an offender’s custody or supervision and when there is a reduction in that supervision.Going forward, Sinclair said, reintegration leave should be designed in a way that is respectful to Vittrekwa’s family.The young man’s case worker noted the RCMP are informed whenever reintegration leaves take place, and that the young offender is not free to roam in the community.These leaves are very restricted and under escort, he explained. They include attending therapy and very part time employment.