The Alberta Review Board has decided against giving mass-murderer Matthew de Grood new privileges after the former NDP controlled board gave the killer community access last year.
Breaking reports say that the board ruled on Wednesday that “no new freedoms” would be extended to de Grood.
“Having considered all the evidence provided at the hearing ... the board in a majority decision finds Mr. de Grood to be a significant threat to the safety of the public,” board chair Gerald Hawranik wrote.
“The board in a majority decision does not grant these two privileges. The reports indicate that even if Mr. De Grood does take his medication as prescribed, he may suffer mild to moderate relapses because schizophrenia is a naturally relapsing illness.”
Formerly a University of Calgary student, de Grood went on a killing rampage in 2014. He was also the beneficiary of an unusually light sentence, thanks to ex-NDP premier Rachel Notley’s hand-picked board.
The chair of the board has since changed, after Jill Taylor quit mid-term after disagreeing with the Kenney government’s new tough-on-crime approach.
Zackariah Rathwell, Jordan Segura, Kaitlin Perras, Josh Hunter and Lawrence Hong, the victims of de Grood's horrific crime, were all in their 20s.
Last year, the remnants of Notley’s soft-on-crime murderer sympathizers gifted de Grood a conditional release – of sorts. Since then, de Grood has enjoyed overnight visits with his parents at least seven times. He also moves around Edmonton via hospital transportation.
While he was allowed three-day stints in Alberta’s capital, he was not allowed to return to Calgary, the location of his killing spree.
Parents, families, and friends of the five Calgarians who were killed by de Grood have continually called for him to remain locked up.
According to Stephanie Kusie, a Calgary area MP, the families still view de Grood as a “high risk.”