Murdered B.C. teen's family calls for justice system reform
Published Thursday, January 10, 2013 9:56AM PST
Last Updated Thursday, January 10, 2013 7:47PM PST
The family of a Victoria-area teen who was brutally raped and murdered three years ago by her classmates has released a list of recommended justice reforms aimed at preventing similar crimes.
Langford resident Kimberly Proctor was tortured, raped and eventually killed in March 2010 by teen psychopaths Cameron Moffat and Kruse Wellwood, now 20 and 18 years old, respectively.
The killers were sentenced as adults last year to life in prison. But the Proctor family pointed out that provisions in the Youth Criminal Justice Act mean Moffat and Wellwood will still be eligible for parole in 10 years, unlike adult offenders who are forced to wait 25.
"We were led to believe they were going to be sentenced as adults," Kimberly’s father Fred Proctor said Thurdsay. "This is a farce. It's ridiculous."
"Does that mean in seven years' time we're going to have to go through a parole hearing and get dragged through all this garbage again?"
The Proctor family is now calling for what they describe as “truth in sentencing,” to avoid misleading victims’ loved ones, as well as six other recommendations they want implemented in Kimberly’s name.
Those include psychological assessment protocols for trouble students who have demonstrated threatening behaviour, mandatory counseling and parental responsibility requirements.
The recommendations, which have been forwarded to B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, also encourage the government to address cyber-bullying, as Kimberly was threatened by her killers online.
The Family also wants to see young offenders’ names made public as soon as a guilty verdict is delivered.
The recommendations were delivered almost three years after the two killers lured Proctor to Wellwood's house where they bound, tortured, raped and suffocated her before mutilating her body with a knife.
They stowed the body in a freezer overnight before carrying it in a duffel bag on a public bus to the Galloping Goose trail and lighting it on fire.
During their investigation into the murder, police discovered that the longtime friends had carefully planned the abduction and murder, and shared their rape fantasies for at least a year before the killing.
Psychiatric reports presenting during sentencing suggested the killers have little hope of rehabilitation.
The reports described Wellwood as sexually attracted to the psychological and physical suffering of others. The doctors who reviewed him said he is at high risk to reoffend and should be jailed for a long time to ensure public safety.
Wellwood showed no remorse for killing Proctor, doctors said.
The doctors who examined the Moffatt diagnosed him as a pathological liar with narcissistic traits, and suggested he should be monitored for the rest of his life.
He also showed little remorse for his actions.
With files from the Canadian Press