Crown contests community trips for cop killer Richard Kachkar

Richard Kachkar is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Toronto Police Sgt. Ryan...

Richard Kachkar is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Toronto Police Sgt. Ryan Russell.

Terry Davidson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:51 PM ET

TORONTO -- Granting escorted community visits to a mentally ill man who killed a police officer with a snow plow would put the public at risk, a Crown attorney argued Monday.

A panel of Ontario Court of Appeal judges heard arguments on Monday on whether Richard Kachkar, 47, should be allowed escorted passes from the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby, Ont.

He was ordered detained at the facility after a jury last March found him not criminally responsible for killing Sgt. Ryan Russell.

The judges will release their decision about the escorted visits at a yet-to-be determined date.

Crown attorney Eric Siebenmorgen said rules governing escorted visits would prohibit Ontario Shores staff from physically restraining Kachkar should he escape. He added they would have little option but to contact police about any escape.

Kachkar went on a psychotic rampage early Jan. 12, 2011, stealing a snow plow and running over Russell, a married father of one child.

Siebenmorgen urged the appeal court judges to review -- and ultimately revoke -- the decision by the Ontario Review Board to mandated community visits for Katchkar.


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