Toronto cop killer on fast track for release

Sgt. Ryan Russell (Left) and Richard Kachkar, who ran him over in a stolen snowplow three years...

Sgt. Ryan Russell (Left) and Richard Kachkar, who ran him over in a stolen snowplow three years ago, killing the young father. (Handouts/QMI Agency files)

Michele Mandel, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:59 PM ET

TORONTO -- Just weeks after his conviction last spring, cop killer Richard Kachkar was already eligible for escorted passes into the community -- when even his own lawyer hadn't asked for such lenient privileges.

Sunday marks three years since the homeless man suffering a psychotic break stole an idling snowplow and ran down Sgt. Ryan Russell during a bizarre rampage up and down Avenue Rd. in Toronto.

Last March, a jury found Kachkar, 47, not criminally responsible for the young father's death.

For Russell's widow, Christine, it was hard enough to accept that her husband's killer would not be doing jail time but would go instead to a psychiatric hospital determined by the Ontario Review Board. What was even more infuriating was that the ORB ignored a joint submission by the defence and Crown and actually granted Kachkar even more freedom than they'd requested.

Thankfully, the Crown heads to the Ontario Court of Appeal on Jan. 20 to get those community passes revoked.

"The (Ontario Review) Board effectively abdicated its duty to provide for the safety of the public by basing its decision on a belief, rather than on any evidence, that community passes would not put the public at risk."


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