Correctional Service of Canada tells woman to remove her photo online
Brenda Davis posted a recent photo of Patrice Mailloux, the man who killed her sister, on Facebook last week, but Correctional Service Canada asked her to take it down.
Mailloux violated the conditions of his day parole in Quebec on September 1 and has been unlawfully at large ever since. Sixteen-year-old Laura Ann Davis was shot and killed by Mailloux at the family store on George Street in Moncton on November 14, 1987.
By law, the Correctional Service of Canada is authorized to share information about offenders with victims, but such information, according to the agency, including up-to-date photos, is classified and is shared for personal use only. with registered victims.
Davis received an email from the Correctional Service of Canada last week that said in part:
“This information is classified as ‘protected’ and is shared with you for your personal use only as a registered victim, and not for you to make available to the public by any means, including posting it online. online via Facebook, Twitter, blogs, chat rooms, discussion groups, etc.”
Davis thinks it’s “ridiculous”.
“He is a violent criminal and there is no evidence that he is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant,” Davis said. “So if anyone were to see it, how would they even know to call the police?”
Moncton lawyer and former politician Mike Murphy has known the Davis family for decades. He traveled to Montreal in 2009 when he was New Brunswick’s attorney general to oppose Mailloux’s first parole request.
Murphy posted the recent photo of Mailloux on his Twitter account over the weekend and says he has no plans to take it down.
“Obviously he’s up to something because he’s on the loose now. So why in God’s name would the Correctional Service of Canada try to protect his privacy?” Murphy asked. “Really, it’s ridiculous the position of corrections, and they may ultimately be responsible if something else happens there, because, as I said before, murderous psychopaths don’t s ‘not soften with age.’
Wayne MacKay, professor emeritus at Dalhousie Law School in Halifax, says his reaction to the request to remove Mailloux’s photo was “something is wrong.”
“If the person murdered and they’re free and they’re trying to find them, surely distributing the photo would help that and denying that to a sister of the victim seems like a very hard line,” MacKay said. “You would think that if you were trying to find someone who is currently at large you would definitely want the most recent photo and I think it is important that it is because I think there has been a good amount of time here and people change their appearance.”
Brenda’s late father Ron worked tirelessly to stop his daughter’s killer from regaining her freedom and now she is following in his footsteps saying she won’t stop.
“No, I’m not going to. Not until he’s caught and put back behind bars, where he belongs. Hopefully this time for good.”