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Convicted killer Kelly Ellard granted temporary escorted absences from prison

Kelly Ellard and her father Lawrence leave the Vancouver courthouse, March 30, 2000. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Adrian Wyld

Convicted killer Kelly Ellard has been granted temporary escorted absences from prison to attend doctor’s appointments and parenting programs for her baby.

Parole board member Alex Dantzer says it’s disturbing that Ellard continues to minimize her crime, but in light of her good behaviour in prison she should be allowed the absences.

At a similar hearing in January, two parole board members could not reach a decision on whether Ellard should have the passes.

Ellard has now spent 15 years in prison for killing 14-year-old Reena Virk near Victoria in 1997.

She was denied parole at a hearing last year despite admitting for the first time she was responsible for Virk’s death.

Ellard was 15-years old when she smashed Virk’s head against a tree and held her underwater until she stopped moving.

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Ellard was asking for up to five escorted short absences from prison every month for “parental responsibilities.”

Her case made news last October after a report said she was eight months pregnant following a conjugal visit with her boyfriend.

Further information about her baby has not been released.

Ellard has had escorted absences from the prison in the past, likely for medical appointments.

~ with files from Canadian Press

 

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