Kelly Ellard, killer of B.C. teen Reena Virk, has day parole extended


Kelly Ellard's day parole has been extended. Photo courtesy CBC.

Kelly Ellard’s day parole has been extended. Photo courtesy CBC.

A British Columbia woman who brutally beat and drowned 14-year-old Reena Virk near a Victoria-area bridge in 1997 has been granted an extension to her day parole.

Thirty-five-year-old Kelly Ellard was convicted of second-degree murder in 2005 and the Parole Board of Canada granted her conditional day parole last November.

The board extended her day parole for another six months in late July, but the decision was only provided to media on Tuesday.

WATCH: Twenty years after Saanich teenager Reena Virk was swarmed, viciously beaten, and drowned, her killer, Kelly Ellard, was granted conditional day parole last November.

The decision says Ellard now goes by the name Kerry Marie Sim and is living at a halfway house after successfully completing residential treatment for substance abuse.

It says she has been open and transparent with her case management team, has managed her daily stress well and has not breached her conditions.

Ellard became pregnant in 2016 during a conjugal visit with her boyfriend, who is also on parole, and the decision says she’s working with his case management team to facilitate the care of their child.

Fourteen-year-old Reena Virk was killed in 1997.

WATCH: A vigil was held on Nov. 14, 2017, near Craigflower Bridge to remember 14-year-old Reena Virk and focus on improving the lives of vulnerable teens like her.

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