HUNTER: Once upon a time cop killers would swing from a rope

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“You shall be taken to the place from whence you got here, and from there be taken to a spot of execution. You shall be hung by the neck till you might be lifeless. Might God have mercy in your soul.”Conventional Choose’s assertion upon sentence of demise in Canada.

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God might have provided up some mercy, however Canada didn’t.

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And practically 60 years after the final two males had been hanged on this nation — Detroit hitman Arthur Lucas and Toronto cop killer Ronald Turpin — help for capital punishment stays surprisingly sturdy.

A ballot taken earlier this yr revealed that about 51% of Canadians favoured a return to the demise penalty, with 37% opposed and 12% undecided. Older Canadians are 55% in favour whereas help for the last word punishment drops to 47% for folks 18 to 34.

Myles Sanderson, named by RCMP as a suspect in a stabbing spree that killed 11 people and injured 19, is shown in two undated photos. The suspect vehicle is a black Nissan Rogue with Sask. licence plate 119 MPI.
Myles Sanderson, named by RCMP as a suspect in a stabbing spree that killed 11 folks and injured 19, is proven in two undated pictures. The suspect car is a black Nissan Rogue with Sask. licence plate 119 MPI.

Meet cop killer Sean Petrie, who unleashed all method of violence in his 40 years on the planet, and Myles Sanderson, one other jailhouse frequent flier.

Petrie, 40, was gunned down by cops late Monday in a Hamilton Cemetery after cold-bloodedly executing Toronto Police Const. Andrew Hong, 48, as he quietly ate his lunch at a Mississauga Tim Hortons.

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After which he killed his former boss, Shakeel Ashraf, 38, and two different people who find themselves in crucial and severe situations. In all, 5 folks had been shot for no obvious purpose.

Toronto Police Const. Andrew Hong, left, and Milton mechanic Shakeel Ashraf were fatally shot during a rampage on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022.
Toronto Police Const. Andrew Hong, left, and Milton mechanic Shakeel Ashraf had been fatally shot throughout a rampage on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022.

Sanderson, 32, died after happening a murderous rampage in Saskatchewan that left 10 lifeless and 18 injured.

Sixty or 70 years in the past, each males would have been prime candidates for a date with the noose.

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However when this nation abolished the demise penalty in 1976, the deal was that when you had been convicted of first-degree homicide, you’ll be sentenced to life in jail (in actuality, 25 years, however who’s counting?)

The Liberal authorities of the day then slipped in one thing known as the faint hope clause.

And this drives Canadians insane.

We realized that apparently, 59 convictions wasn’t sufficient to maintain Myles Sanderson caged. His parole paperwork mentioned he was within the “low threat” vary. Identical with Petrie.

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Cop killers James Hutchison and Richard Ambrose were sentenced to hang in 1975. Hutchinson is dead, Ambrose has been in and out of prison. Canada abolished the death penalty the next year. THE CANADIAN PRESS
Cop killers James Hutchison and Richard Ambrose had been sentenced to hold in 1975. Hutchinson is lifeless, Ambrose has been out and in of jail. Canada abolished the demise penalty the following yr. THE CANADIAN PRESS

Even one defence lawyer I do know calls all of it tragically laughable.

“Sufferer of crime? Overlook it. They’re absolutely centered on rehabilitation and the victims simply don’t matter, they don’t even enter the equation,” the lawyer informed me.

And hovering within the background of all that is the demise penalty.

My pal and colleague Brian Lilley mentioned to me this morning that the explanation he was in opposition to the demise penalty is that the federal government botches practically every little thing it touches.

Why ought to the demise penalty be any totally different?

The one silver lining within the matter of Sanderson and Petrie is that they gained’t be round for a trial, although we might by no means know what stoked their bloodlust.

However Andrew Hong’s widow, youngsters and household is not going to should endure years of infinite parole hearings, strikes to minimal safety prisons, day passes and finally, freedom to stroll amongst us.

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In 1976, felony Invoice Nichols was on a violent rampage when he murdered Calgary Police officer Keith Harrison, the daddy of two teenage boys. He was set to face the demise penalty, however capital punishment was narrowly abolished.

Underneath the faint hope clause, he was launched after 17 years behind bars. Full parole got here three years later.

One of many murdered officer’s friends summed it up in a letter to Postmedia in 2001.

“Our justice system offers unbelievable help and help to the offenders, and couldn’t give a rat’s ass in regards to the victims,” the disgusted cop wrote.

Till the punishment actually matches the crime on this nation, requires the return of the noose won’t ever go away.

bhunter@postmedia.com

@HunterTOSun

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