Cop killer to keep supervised passes from mental hospital

Richard Kachkar. (Facebook Photo)

Richard Kachkar. (Facebook Photo)

Michele Mandel, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:03 PM ET

TORONTO ─ Not surprisingly, the family of Sgt. Ryan Russell feels abandoned by the justice system at every turn.

First, they had to accept a jury's verdict that Richard Kachkar was ill and not criminally responsible when he ran over the young father with a stolen snowplow that snowy morning three years ago.

Then, just days after the trial ended, they were shocked when the Ontario Review Board (ORB) went further than even Kachkar's lawyer had requested and granted the psychiatric patient accompanied visits into the community.

And now, the Ontario Court of Appeal has dismissed the Crown's attempt to have those generous privileges revoked. Ontario's highest court is satisfied that the ORB had enough evidence from two psychiatrists to suggest Kachkar poses no danger to the public ─ even if his mental illness and psychotic break have never been clearly diagnosed.

His rights come first.

"The recent decision by the Court of Appeal is so unfair to Christine Russell and our family," complained Roy Hylkema, the widow's father. "When will this madness ever end?"


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