Wayne MacIntyre was angry after recently learning from staff at a funeral home while making arrangements for his brother’s funeral, that the man who killed their sister 36 years ago had died in November.
Twenty-three-year-old Debra MacIntyre was stabbed 99 times and raped with a knife in her Victoria apartment in December 1983.
Twenty-six-year-old Philip Wilkin was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no parole for 25 years. That parole came up in 2014 and Wilkin was released from William Head Penitentiary. He remained in Victoria and that left the MacIntyre family on edge.
But it turns out, Wilkin actually died in November 2018 and the MacIntyre family was never notified.
MacIntyre voiced his anger with the Parole Board of Canada for failing to notify his family but the responsibility for monitoring offenders while on parole falls to the Correctional Service of Canada.
A spokesperson says victim’s families should be notified within five working days of an offender’s death but in this case, they admit there was an administrative error that delayed that notification.
They say they have now taken steps to prevent this type of situation from happening again.