DISCUSSIONS: 1 – (June 2) Should any conditions be applied to Karla Homolka as an employee?

Recently,  Karla Homolka acted as a volunteer on a private school trip with a private Seventh-day Adventist school. Parents of children attending the school permitting Homolka as a volunteer.

Karla Homolka served 12 years in prison following a plea deal after being convicted of the rape and murder of two schoolgirls along with then-husband Paul Bernardo. She was released in 2005.

It’s standard practice to conduct background checks on employees and volunteers who have frequent contact with students in most provinces. But Homolka “is not a regular volunteer. Rarely would she have cause to go into the school, and when she is, she is never alone,” Stan Jensen, communication director for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada.

On her release from prison, a judge had applied 14 conditions on Homolka, under Section 810 of the Criminal Code:

  • regularly reporting to the police
  • “refrain from seeking, accepting or keeping any paid or unpaid job or volunteer work putting her in a position of authority over minors under 16”

However, the restrictions were quashed by a Quebec justice shortly after.

How do you feel about restrictions being applied to Homolka?

Paul Bernardo was given a 25-year sentence for his crimes in 1995. However, he Bernardo consented to designation as a dangerous offender in November 1995, meaning he can be kept in prison indefinitely.

That sentence should remain unchanged.

Read Rosie DiManno’s take on Homolka. She really calls it as it is: ROSIE

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