July 13, 2024

Parole board was all about convicted sex killer, not his victims

Kerri Kehoe was not important, nor was what she had to say.

What mattered most were the rights and feelings of convicted killer and violent sex offender Richard Charles Joyce.

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“My rights were unimportant. My right to information. My right to be heard,” Kehoe told The Toronto Sun. “What was really important to them were his rights, his privacy.”

In the summer of 1990, when Kehoe was 11, she was snatched off the street in downtown Kingston. Joyce — a smirking monster — sexually assaulted her and terrorized her with a knife.

Tied to a tree, the terrified child had one thought going through her mind: “I knew he intended to kill me.”

That was Joyce’s intention less than one year later when he and an accomplice robbed Nozzles Gas Bar in Kingston. Owner Yvonne Rouleau — a married mother of three —was tortured with a knife to open the safe and then murdered so she couldn’t identify her killers. A year later, Joyce was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

In January 2011, he was convicted of a sex assault on a young girl in 1990, and six months later, two more historic sexual assaults on young girls. He was sentenced to an additional dozen years.

But Joyce — now 55 and caged in British Columbia — appears to have a benefactor in his parole officer, one Eleanor Creighton, who suggested at his hearing in September that the killer could just walk down the road if he wanted.

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