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Daughter of slain woman petition against murderer's parole

ABBOTSFORD (NEWS1130) – The daughter of an Abbotsford woman killed 15 years ago is vowing to do what she can to keep the men responsible in prison.

Rupy Sidhu was 18-years old when her mother Baljit Kaur Kondolay was shot dead.

Three people were sent to prison, including Sandeep Toor, who drove the car used in the crime.

He’s now up for parole, but Sidhu doesn’t want to see him released.

“All these years, we’ve been dealing with it. These are suppressed feelings, and because the justice system gives these criminals so many rights, they’ve actually thrown another bomb on us.”

Sidhu says the family can’t get closure if the men responsible are freed.

“It’s complete injustice to my mom. It’s complete injustice to me and my family. We’re the ones that are living with a life sentence, with the loss of my mom.”

Sidhu is asking you to lend your name to her efforts.

She has started a petition she hopes to present to the parole board when Toor’s case comes up.

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The courts can only impose sentences that the laws allow folks, and the jails can only hold people in custody up to the expiry of their sentences. They can’t decided to keep them in jail forever. They have to work within the rule of law. The idea behind reviewing parole applications is that it can contribute to the safe reintergration of a person back into society, while still having supervision over the person to monitor their behaviour and get them connected with the community – otherwise the doors open at their sentence expiry and they are let out without any supervision or monitoring or community support, which usually has them returning to their old friends and old ways. Can you imagine being locked up for 15 years and suddenly coming out into our society, with the pace, and the tech changes, and the ways of doing things completely different? Would you even know where to start? The parole hearing is to let the offender make their case for supervised release, and the victim to provide their input, as well as all information regarding the offenders behavior while in custody, following their correctional plan, etc. They are not bleeding hearts – first and foremost they are concerned with the safety of society – they have to deliberate if it is better to keep someone locked up until we have to release them, or do a controlled supervised release with conditions on behavior where we have a better chance of monitoring, correcting, and ultimately cancelling that release if conditions aren’t followed. The goal is the safe reintegration back into society, because they are going to get out eventually at the end of their sentence. Stop blaming the people who do this work, and get to work yourself to change the laws if you feel they are inadequate.

August 23, 2013 at 1:38 pm