Saturday, February 24, 2007

Official Warning Over Toronto Balcony Rapist's Release

This case highlights a pattern of behavior that prison isn't likely to do more than defer. Or not likely enough for the sake of public safety. One of his victims, called Jane Doe sued the Toronto police over their handling of the case.

A man known in Ontario as the "balcony rapist" is scheduled to be released from custody on Friday in Surrey, B.C.

Paul Callow, 52, served 20 years in prison for a series of brutal, knifepoint sexual assaults on women in Toronto in the mid-1980s. On Thursday, Surrey RCMP took the unusual step of warning the public about Callow, who plans to make the city his home.

Under the terms of his release, Callow will be required to check in with a probation officer and seek permission to live with or enter an intimate relationship with a woman, to move, to leave B.C., or to stay out later than 11 p.m., except to work. He is also forbidden from using drugs or alcohol, and from possessing weapons or "rape kit" materials such as rope, tape or electrical wire.

Frankly, the criminal justice system in Canada and elsewhere needs to change so that those who show clear evidence of being willing to murder their rape victims are viewed as being as dangerous as rapists who have murdered their victims.

I'm not talking guesswork, I'm talking evidence such as "rape kits" or attempts to murder directly or by attempting to set up a hit.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 12:16 AM   1 comments links to this post


At February 27, 2007 2:32 PM, Blogger Holly said...

Hi Marcella,
Many rapists in Canada have shown little remorse in the crimes committed. This truly is one offender who should be a dangerous offender.


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