Kruse Wellwood, one of the two men who murdered Langford teen Kimberly Proctor, has been denied his request for day parole due to being considered “a very high risk for committing a similar offence in the future.”
According to court documents obtained by CHEK News, Wellwood applied for day parole on Jan. 10, 2022.
The Parole Board of Canada, in the written decision, notes he last applied for escorted temporary absence in May 2020, which was also denied.
The following contains details that some readers may find distressing.
Wellwood is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder and indignity to a dead body.
“At sentencing the judge said the murder was so horrific that words could not adequately describe the inhuman cruelty you and your co-accused showed,” the parole decision states. “The judge noted you and your co-accused planned to sexually assault and kill the victim whom you brutalized for several hours before killing her.”
In March 2010, Wellwood and his co-accused Cameron Moffat, planned to sexually assault and murder someone and chose to target a woman they knew, who was Kimberly Proctor.
The judgment suggests Proctor had rejected their advances previously, then the two convinced her to come to Wellwood’s home, where she was attacked and bound with tape.
The two sexually assaulted her multiple times, then killed her by gagging her, choking her, and putting a plastic bag over her head. They then mutilated her body, put her remains in a freezer then brought her body in a duffel bag to another location then set her body on fire.
The parole decision notes that Wellwood attended the memorial service for Proctor.
“The dynamics of the murder and the mutilation of the deceased victim’s body raise very serious concerns in the Board’s mind; this crime is at the furthest end of a spectrum of violence and dehumanization,” the parole decision notes.
Proctor’s family have written submissions to the board requesting the application for parole be denied.
“In addition to losing their loved family member the victims feel let down by the justice system; as victims they want their voices heard and their views respected,” the decision says.
“It is clear from the statements that the murdered victim’s family were forever changed by the violent and cruel way they lost their loved one. They were seriously traumatized. They say they have seen no remorse, are angry and do not believe you deserve parole.”
At the time of Proctor’s murder, Wellwood was out on bail for assaulting his mom.
“Bail conditions were not sufficient to control your behaviours or deter you from more violent acts,” the decision says.
The decision notes Wellwood has a high risk of violence towards an intimate parnter.
“Another psychiatrist retained by the Crown suggested you would need prolonged and very close supervision over the next 30-plus years,” the decision says. “The most recent psychological risk assessment was completed in April 2022. The psychologist concluded your risk for general, violent and sexual reoffending remains high.”
A psychiactric assessment in 2011 indicated Wellwood had a deviant sexual disorder in the form of sadism, which also included indications of necrophilia.
Although the decision notes that Wellwood has had a shift in accountability from low to medium, his potential for reintegration remains low.
“You had been writing to your co-accused prior to his case management team deciding it was inappropriate,” the decision says. “Your on-going connection to the co-accused is somewhat concerning to the Board given the nature and dynamics of the murder.”
Along with denying day parole, the board also noted Wellwood’s most recent psychological risk assessment does not support a transfer to minimum security.
The reasons the board gave for denying the day parole included the high risk for intimate partner violence, the risk to reoffend sexually being high, his dynamic and static risks needing high levels of intervention, not having a viable release plan, no community strategy, and no support for day parole.
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