Haitian-born killer granted aboriginal parole hearing


dumpthemonarchy
#1
This is pathetic. This makes a mockery of our justice system. He raped and stabbed her 51 times. He shouldn't see the light of day for another 50 years. This parole board ought to be fired.

The following is gobbledygook of the worst sort. There is no spirtualism in the justice system. You do your spiritualism on your own time and dime.

Elder-assisted hearings use the “risk-assessment framework” followed by the parole board in deciding the release of an offender, said Mr. Sears. It is only the process that changes. “The [elder’s] role is not to advocate on behalf of the offender, their role is to assist the board in greater understanding of spiritual decisions,” he said.



Haitian-born killer Gregory Bromby granted aboriginal parole hearing | News | National Post




Haitian-born killer granted aboriginal parole hearing

National Post Staff Jan 17, 2012 – 11:27 PM ET
Courtesy of Manning Family
Tara Manning was murdered on May 5, 1994.




By Tristin Hopper and Katherine Wilton

When convicted murderer Gregory Bromby faces a Winnipeg parole board on Wednesday, the hearing will be conducted in a circle rather than across a table, the smell of burning sweetgrass, cedar or tobacco will likely fill the room due to a ceremonial process known as “smudging” and an aboriginal elder will open and close the hearing with a prayer.

Bromby has requested an “aboriginal elder-assisted parole board hearing.”

The thing is, the Haitian-born 34-year-old is not aboriginal.

“It is making a mockery of the system,” said Michael Manning, the father of 15-year-old Tara Manning, who was raped and stabbed 51 times by Bromby, a former boyfriend, in her Dorval, Que., bedroom in 1994.

Mr. Manning said he has not been given any explanation for Bromby’s special request “for privacy reasons.”
Elder-assisted hearings began in 1992 in order to be sensitive to customs and values of aboriginals. Non-aboriginals such as Bromby are eligible for an elder-assisted hearing if they have “demonstrated a commitment to aboriginal spirituality or way of life,” said Gary Sears, the parole board’s deputy regional director for the Prairie region. “There is an overall assessment of the inmate’s interest and commitment,” he said.

Non-aboriginal Craig Munro, a heroin-addicted career criminal who shot Toronto Police Constable Michael Sweet in a botched 1980 restaurant robbery, was similarly granted an elder-assisted parole hearing in 2009.
Victims’ families have reported being intimidated by elements of the elder-assisted process — such as the convention that the hearing be conducted sitting in a circle. “The interviewing is to be conducted in a non-aggressive, non-confrontational manner and the questions are to focus on the offender’s efforts towards healing of himself or herself, the victim and the community,” reads an outline on the Correctional Service Canada website, adding that the elders serve as an “inspirational force” for the prisoner.
“I find it very offensive that such care is taken to accommodate the offender and make him feel comfortable,” said Victoria resident Anita Johnstone in 2008, prior to the elder-assisted hearing of Christopher Alexander, a man of aboriginal descent convicted of stabbing her 36-year-old sister. “It’s all about his rights and what he wants,” she said.
Marcos Townsend / Postmedia News files
Michael Manning, right, is consoled by friend Jerry Mercer during walk against violence prompted by Tara Manning's death.





Elder-assisted hearings use the “risk-assessment framework” followed by the parole board in deciding the release of an offender, said Mr. Sears. It is only the process that changes. “The [elder’s] role is not to advocate on behalf of the offender, their role is to assist the board in greater understanding of spiritual decisions,” he said.

In 1997, Bromby was convicted of raping and killing Tara Manning in the early hours of May 5, 1994, in her bedroom.
Mr. Manning discovered her the next morning after entering her room to turn off her alarm clock.

It was not until a 2007 parole board hearing — 13 years after the murder — that Bromby admitted to killing Ms. Manning. Previously, he had pleaded his innocence.

According to a written summary of the hearing, Bromby killed Tara because she “was your on and off girlfriend and after arguing, she told you it was over and she threatened to call the police.

“Aside from the feelings or reasons why you were so violent, you were at a loss to explain why you stabbed your victim 51 times.”
The board denied his request for unescorted temporary absences. Bromby also has admitted to raping three young women besides Tara.

Since 2007, Bromby has bounced around various federal institutions in Quebec and Western Canada. He had been allowed to perform community work in Blainville, Que., while at Ste. Anne des Plaines prison, but was then transferred to a prison in Saskatchewan in 2009.

After his daughter’s death, Mr. Manning led a campaign to make it mandatory for suspects in major crimes to provide police with DNA samples, and was acknowledged by the House of Commons when the requirement was passed into law in August 1995.

Mr. Manning is travelling to Winnipeg to tell the parole board on Wednesday that Bromby is not ready for parole and should not be permitted to live in a halfway house.

“He hasn’t showed that he is ready to be released,” Mr. Manning said.
 
Ariadne
#2
I read as far as "aboriginal parole hearing"
Does that mean a pow-wow where the punishment with be on the reserve with the other bad pow - wows ... forming gangs and shooting 5 year olds in their sleep? Then shooting other family members? Is that what aboginial parole hearing means? Isn't that what people on reserves wanted ... their own form of justice?

I should have read the artilcle first .. so what is he ... 1/16 reserve and therefore his justice is gangland on the reserve?

This autonomy is reall twisted.
 
Cannuck
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What are you going to do? As long as the government allows or promotes racism, this kind of thing will continue.
 
lone wolf
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#4
All he's demonstrated is he's one of those control-freak posers who knows how to jump through the hoops to get his own way. Hang the bastard high
 
wulfie68
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#5
I have real issues with letting a now-admitted serial rapist and killer walk free, regardless of the framework or structure of the hearing. I think the use of "aboriginal" in this setting is a red herring, as the spiritual beliefs of the convict should not be at issue. The bottom line is he killed one young woman and admitted to raping three others: thats the violation of the rights of four Canadian citizens in the most heinous way possible, and thus not someone worthy of taking a chance on.
 
taxslave
#6
I see this guy as a good reason to bring back hanging.
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
#7
I thought murder was 25 years without possibility of parole. 2012-1997 <> 25 years.
 
J_Blaze
#8
Bromby was 17 at the time he killed Tara. The only reason he was allowed asking for parole again is cause he was a minor tried in Adult court which is stupid cause no one knows his real age as he was ADOPTED from Haiti as a child and they gave him a b-day when he came to Canada. I PRAY he doesn't get out. He ruined so many lives and scared the crap out of us when we were kids. He was a freak before he did this, and after as well. I asked the Parole Board how they justify allowing him the elder assisted hearing and was told it's not much different than a normal hearing EXCEPT it'll be in a circle with a prayer before and after. I hope the Prayer is for Tara. Greg I hope you rot, you should be afraid to get parole. RIP baby girl <3 u always
 
The Old Medic
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As an indigenous person myself, I hate to see this "right" abused in such a fashion. BUT, thankfully, this "Aboriginal Parole Hearing" does not guarantee that this "person" (and I use that term only in the VERY broadest sense) will be released.
 
taxslave
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#10
Quote: Originally Posted by The Old MedicView Post

As an indigenous person myself, I hate to see this "right" abused in such a fashion. BUT, thankfully, this "Aboriginal Parole Hearing" does not guarantee that this "person" (and I use that term only in the VERY broadest sense) will be released.

Trouble is this is Canada where if he fakes remorse the joke of a justice system will cut his time to probably what he has already served. If he adds i getting religion expect to see him get a pardon like they did with Carla Holmoka and a few others.
 
J_Blaze
#11
It was denied. WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!
 

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