Alberta woman who drowned sons returns to Australia
Allyson McConnell arrives in Australia to waiting media
Allyson McConnell, the former Alberta resident convicted of killing her two sons in 2010, arrived in her native Australia at 9 a.m. local time Wednesday after being deported from Canada.
McConnell was greeted by about 20 members of the Australian media, said Syndey Morning Herald reporter Ilya Gridneff.
"She very calmly pushed her luggage through," he told CBC News."She didn't seem too fazed by the media."
While reporters hurled questions, McConnell stared ahead blankly while family members repeatedly said they had no comment, Gridneff said.
McConnell's lawyer Peter Royal told CBC he had warned her that the media would be waiting.
Reporters believe McConnell is being taken to the family home in the coastal community of Gosford, Gridneff said.
Although McConnell is back in Australia, debate still rages about her case in Canada.
On Tuesday, Royal sent a letter to Edmonton media outlets criticizing Alberta Justice Minister Jonathan Denis for comments he made about McConnell.
McConnell left Edmonton before the Alberta Court of Appeal could hear the Crown’s appeal of her manslaughter conviction and six-year sentence, which was reduced to 15 months after the judge gave her credit for time served
Royal disputed Denis’ claims that Alberta pursued an appeal against his client in a timely fashion and that her release came as a surprise.
Royal also takes issue with Denis’ statements about how lenient McConnell’s sentence was, a comment Royal calls "contemptuous."
"The decisions made by Madam Justice Crighton stand until such time as the Court of Appeal otherwise directs," Royal writes.
"The office of the attorney general requires both moderation and impartiality and these features should always characterize his conduct before the court.
"The attorney general must act fairly and dispassionately, and clearly here he has failed to do so."
Royal said the matter is still before the courts and he suggested that Denis, a lawyer, may have engaged in professional misconduct by making such comments.
Denis said the prosecution service did everything it could to have the appeal heard before she left, but Royal says that isn’t so.
McConnell, who was originally charged with second-degree murder, was convicted of manslaughter in April 2012 and sentenced in June.
The Crown filed an appeal of the manslaughter conviction on May 17, 2012.
Royal said the Crown needed a number of extensions and didn’t file a factum in the appeal until last month.