New Brunswick

N.B. family frustrated by parole board delay

A Riverview, N.B., couple drove more than a thousand kilometres to Quebec for a parole board hearing hoping to keep their daughter's killer behind bars, only to find on arrival that the hearing had been cancelled.

A Riverview, N.B., couple drove more than a thousand kilometres to Quebec for a parole board hearing hoping to keep their daughter's killer behind bars, only to find on arrival that the hearing had been cancelled.

Ron Davis and his wife Frances were due to testify on Thursday morning against Patrice Mailloux, who was convicted in the shooting death of their daughter Laura Davis.

The 16-year-old was shot while she worked in the family-owned convenience store in 1987.

Now, Mailloux is requesting unescorted absences from prison.

The Davis couple planned to be there to argue that Mailloux has shown no signs of rehabilitation and should not be allowed out of prison.

Davis said he and his wife were driving into the hotel parking lot in Laval when they got a call from the parole board informing them of the hearing's delay.

"They made no contact with the family at all. So it's the same old thing, all of the rights are for the criminal, nothing for the victims," Davis said.

"I had just finished driving 1,070 kilometres to get here for this hearing to be told that."

A spokesperson for the National Parole Board said the inmate made a request to change the date for "personal reasons." The spokesperson did not indicate what those reasons were, but a board decided the request was valid. 

The hearing for Mailloux, who was sentenced to life without parole for at least 20 years, has been postponed until at least November.

New Brunswick Attorney General Michael Murphy has also written the parole board asking that Mailloux be denied his request for unescorted absences from prison.

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