Ontario mother receives son’s remains more than five years after his killing

Sandra Hallam poses for a portrait in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., on Thursday, August 4, 2016. A grieving northern Ontario woman says she just wants the rest of her slain son's remains returned to her. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kenneth Armstrong

A northern Ontario woman finally has the last of her son’s remains more than five years after he was fatally stabbed, decapitated and dismembered.

Wesley Hallam was killed at a drug-fuelled house party in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., in 2011.

READ MORE: Sault Ste. Marie police chief to meet with province to discuss controversial plea deal

Breaking news from Canada and around the world sent to your email, as it happens.

His head and feet, which became key pieces of evidence in the investigation into his horrific death, weren’t released until earlier this week.

Sandra Hallam says a local funeral home had her son’s remains cremated Wednesday morning and she will finally have a funeral for him next week.

READ MORE: Sault Ste. Marie police chief slams prosecutors, demands review in murder plea deal

Three men – Eric Mearow, Ronald Mitchell and Dylan Jocko – pleaded guilty to manslaughter and causing an indignity to a human body in a surprising plea deal reached in late July, just months before their first-degree murder trial was set to begin.

Story continues below advertisement

Hallam says she is relieved to have her son’s remains together, but says the reality of a funeral has driven home the finality of it all.

Sponsored content