Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Star: Parents must witness their children's murder to receive compensation

I'm wondering if the young man who had been beheaded on a passenger bus in western Canada had been beheaded in Ontario, would his family not receive victim compensation because the family members had not actually seen the beheading?

The provincial agency that is supposed to compensate crime victims has denied “pain and suffering” payments to three grieving mothers because they did not witness the killing of their children.

Liz Hoage, whose 16-year-old son Joey was stabbed to death; Wendy Flanagan, whose daughter Alexandra's partial remains were found in two places; and Claudette Lalonde, whose bricklayer son Corey was killed while breaking up a fight, have all been told they do not meet the criteria for the compensation.
Toronto Star article

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