Woman has no right to know where dad's killer is

Lisa Freeman stands in front of the murder scene, where her father was killed 25 years ago on...

Lisa Freeman stands in front of the murder scene, where her father was killed 25 years ago on Wednesday October 23, 2013, in Oshawa. (Veronica Henri/QMI Agency)

Michele Mandel, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:25 AM ET

TORONTO -- "Hatchet killer jailed for life," read the Toronto Sun headline on Sunday, June 28, 1992.

What a joke that is. What a misleading fantasy.

John Terrance Porter is an axe murderer who is supposed to be locked away from society to do penance for the cold-blooded bludgeoning of Oshawa, Ont., caretaker Roland Slingerland.

Locked away -- at least for a quarter century.

Or so one would believe. Yet his victim's daughter has just learned Porter has been approved for 40 hours a month of escorted temporary absences from prison so he can perform "community service" in the Kingston, Ont., or Ganonoque, Ont., area.

And what makes it even more infuriating is that Lisa Freeman is not entitled to know anything more. Corrections authorities refuse to disclose what kind of community service her dad's killer is performing or where it's being done. Nor will anyone working alongside him be told who he is or what he's done.

That would violate his privacy.

"They said, 'What do you want us to do, take out an ad in the local newspaper?'" Freeman recounts after getting off the phone with Correctional Service Canada. "I think the general public has a right to know who's out in society working beside them. I think it's a no-brainer.

"Is it me?" she keeps asking with an exasperated laugh. "Sometimes I just think it's me and then I tell people and they say, 'What do you mean he's doing life and he's allowed to be out?'"

No, it's not just her. Porter is not eligible for parole until 2016 -- so why is he already getting this generous taste of freedom?


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