DELTA (NEWS 1130) – Delta’s Police chief fears the victims of the ‘Balaclava Rapist’ are being ignored.
Convicted rapist Larry Takahashi is allowed to be out and about in Vancouver, where he’s staying at a halfway house.
Chief Neil Dubord was living in Edmonton in the 70s and 80s when Takahashi was attacking women.
“I think that often, over the course of a trial such as this, sometimes we lose focus on the victims and the victim’s rights and what the victims have undergone. Giving them a voice for some of their concerns and feelings, I think is so important and it also helps us understand the story fully.”
Dubord says he never thought he’d see the day Takahashi would be allowed out.
“When you think of three life sentences and 73 years to be served and then he’s actually out on parole, is something that I would never think would happen. We thought he was going to spend the rest of his life in jail.”
Dubord has his doubts about rehabilitation.
“They’re monitoring for significant conditions and that gives me some sort of idea that there may be a chance for re-offense.”