Romeo Cormier's sentence gives victim's family relief
The daughter of a woman who was abducted at knifepoint from a Moncton mall by Romeo Jacques Cormier in February 2010 says the family is relieved the case is finally over.
Cormier, 63, was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison on six charges, including kidnapping, sexual assault, unlawful confinement, robbery with a weapon, assault with a weapon and uttering threats.
A jury convicted him in July after a trial lasting almost a month.
"The whole process is further victimizing, but it's a necessary evil, unfortunately," the daughter of the victim told reporters outside the courthouse. "But now, today, marked the end of it for us."
"We don't have to worry about our safety. I mean, you can see some of his outbreaks in the court just there today, yelling at us. He's still a, you know, he's a man that we all are concerned."
The victim's identity is protected by a publication ban, so the daughter cannot be named either.
"I know what his impressions are of me, so I definitely hope that he never does walk on the streets again 'cause I'll never feel safe," the daughter said of Cormier.
The victim, who is in her 50s, had testified she was held in a basement rooming house for 26 days and repeatedly sexually assaulted and threatened by Cormier before she managed to escape, wearing only a T-shirt, panties and socks.
She told the court Cormier had warned her he wouldn't return to prison as a kidnapper or a rapist but as a murderer.
Satisfied with sentence
During sentencing, Justice Zoel Dionne called Cormier's crimes "horrendous" and said he shows no remorse.
"You cannot treat people like objects to satisfy your animal instincts," the judge told him.
Dionne credited Cormier for the time he has already spent behind bars, so he will serve about 17 months less than the 18 years.
But the judge granted a request by the Crown that Cormier be ordered to serve at least half of his sentence before being allowed to apply for parole.
As a result, Cormier will remain behind bars for at least eight years and 109 days.
The Crown had asked the judge to consider a life sentence.
Still, the victim's family is satisfied with the sentence, according to her daughter.
"That 50 per cent ruling of paroling, that was a big victory for us," she said. "It puts a lot more years in between us having to face this again."