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Proctor's killers should never go free: parents

The parents of a Victoria teen who was tortured and murdered by two classmates say they never want to see the killers released from jail.
The life-in-prison sentences for Kimberley Proctor's two killers did little to quell her family's anguish, the CBC's Stephen Smart reports 2:31

The parents of a Victoria teen who was tortured and murdered by two classmates say they never want to see the killers released from jail.

Kimberly Proctor, 18, was lured, then sexually assaulted before being killed and her body dumped and burned near a popular hiking trail in March 2010.

Kimberly's parents, Fred and Lucia Proctor, said they wish their daughter's killers faced a more severe punishment than the one they got: life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years.

"These animals aren't rehabilitable," said Fred Proctor outside the court after sentencing Monday. "They deserve to die a long, slow, horrific, painful death."

Lucia Proctor said she didn't even want to call them animals.

"To me, they're just monsters," she said.

Sentenced as adults

Kruse Wellwood, 17, and Cameron Moffat, 18, received the lengthy sentences, even though Wellwood was 16 and Moffat was 17 years old at the time of the murder. Supreme Court Justice Robert Johnson ruled Monday in Victoria that they should be sentenced as adults.

One of two teens who pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of Kimberly Proctor is led into custody. (CBC)
Crown prosecutors had argued for adult sentences during the sentencing hearing last week and the teens' lawyers didn't oppose the Crown's application, because it could give the pair better access to education and rehabilitation.

Normally in Canada, an adult convicted of first-degree murder receives an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years. An exception had to be made in this case because, although Wellwood and Moffat were sentenced as adults, they were originally convicted under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

If the pair had not been sentenced as adults, they would have received a maximum of six years in custody and another four years to be served in the community.

During the hearing the identity of the two youths was protected by a publication ban because of their age, but the judge lifted that publication ban on Monday.

It can also now be revealed that Wellwood's father, Robert Raymond Dezwaan, was convicted of first-degree murder for the killing of 16-year-old Cherish Oppenheim in Merritt in 2001. That information had been included in the publication ban because it could have indirectly revealed Wellwood's identity.

The Crown also released transcripts of conversations between the two convicted murderers recorded after they were apprehended by police.

Burned body found under bridge

The two teens pleaded guilty in October to the first-degree murder of Proctor, a classmate, whose body was found on a popular hiking trail in Langford in March 2010. They later confessed they lured her to a home, bound and gagged her, then raped and beat her hours before suffocating her and mutilating her body.

Kimberly Proctor's badly burned body was found last March 19 near the Galloping Goose Trail, west of Victoria. ((CBC))

The pair then transported Proctor's body by bus to the wooded area under a bridge on the Galloping Goose trail to burn it.

Both teens were described in assessment reports presented at the sentencing hearing as psychopaths with sexual deviance and conduct disorder. Experts found both had long histories of violence and anti-social behaviour and were at high risk to rape and kill again for up to 40 years.