Parole denied for Haitian-born murderer at aboriginal hearing

Gregory Bromby, convicted of killing 15-year-old Tara Manning, has been denied parole following an aboriginal hearing in Winnipeg.

Gregory Bromby, convicted of killing Tara Manning, was seeking day parole

Gregory Bromby was convicted of killing Tara Manning in the bedroom of her Dorval, Que., home. (CBC)

The murderer of a 15-year-old Montreal girl has been denied parole at an aboriginal hearing.

Gregory Bromby was convicted of killing Tara Manning in the bedroom of her Dorval, Que., home in 1994.

Manning was smothered, raped and stabbed 51 times.

Her father was asleep in the next room and found her in the morning when he went to wake her for school.

Bromby was linked to the crime after his DNA matched evidence found at the scene. He said he was high on drugs at the time. He also admitted to raping three other young women.

Bromby is serving a life sentence but was eligible for early parole because he was charged as a minor.

Parole attempts

The Parole Board of Canada denied his request for unaccompanied absences in 2007.

In November 2010 he was moved to a Winnipeg prison.

Bromby, who was born in Haiti, requested a hearing usually reserved for aboriginal offenders.

The Parole Board of Canada said the elder-assisted hearing is open to all inmates but applicants must prove to the parole committee that they are committed to aboriginal spirituality.

Tara's father, Michael Manning, was disappointed that Bromby was granted the special hearing.

"He was called a psychopath during the murder trial in 1998. I don't expect him ever to be better. I don't expect him to ever have a life where he can be a good part of society," said Manning, who flew to Winnipeg to give his victim's impact statement.

"I wish it's something that I could just let go, but I think of the people he is going to harm, like Tara, if he gets out," said Manning. 

Aboriginal hearing

An aboriginal elder led Bromby's parole hearing at the Stony Mountain Institution in Winnipeg Wednesday.

Manning said he preferred the three-hour hearing to Bromby's 2007-parole hearing. He said Bromby was facing him, rather than turned away, and he had to answer more questions about the murder.

Manning said Bromby told the parole board he killed Tara so she wouldn't tell anyone that he had raped her and then stabbed her 51 times to make sure she was dead.

Manning also said that Bromby admitted he lied during his 2007 parole hearing when he said he had been a friend and lover of Tara's.

"So now I don't have to read that in the newspapers anymore," said Manning.

Looking at Bromby's face was difficult, he said.

"How would you feel sitting less than 10 feet away from the person that slaughtered your daughter? Not a day that goes by that I don't think about my baby," he said.