WINNIPEG - WINNIPEG -- Two Winnipeg children abducted by their father and kept in Mexico for years spoke about hookers, guns and drinking alcohol, according to their mother.
An emotional impact statement by Emily Cablek was played in court Monday at the sentencing hearing for her ex-husband, Kevin Maryk.
Maryk pleaded guilty last week to two counts of child abduction in a case that attracted international headlines. Maryk had three additional charges stayed by the Crown on Thursday, including charges stemming from his attempts to make contact with his children while incarcerated.
Dominic and Abby were seven and five, respectively, when they went missing following a court-ordered visit with their father in August 2008.
AUGUST 2008: Kevin Maryk fails to return his two children, Dominic and Abby, to their mother, Emily Cablek, following a court-approved two-week vacation.
SEPTEMBER 2008: Cablek speaks publicly about her kids -- of whom she has full custody -- going missing following a court-approved two-week visit they had with Kevin Maryk, her former common-law husband. "I have no idea where they are. I wish I had even a clue where they'd be," Cablek says. "I just hope that they are safe and they will be returned or found."
OCTOBER 2008: Winnipeg police reveal that they had, in late September, recovered a car that Kevin Maryk had rented. The car was found in a Winnipeg parking lot. A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for Maryk, while the Canada Border Services Agency keeps watch for him. Meanwhile, Child Find Manitoba hopes that a public appeal it has issued will bring the kids home.
APRIL 2009: Cablek says she's growing more worried about her children after still no sign of them or her ex-husband. "It doesn't get any easier," Cablek says. "If anything, it gets harder. Some weeks I can get through the week pretty well, and other weeks I am a basket-case."
AUGUST 2009: Police say they suspect that Maryk might be with his nephew, Cody McKay, who could have helped him abduct the children. Around the same time, popular U.S. television show America's Most Wanted adds the case of the Winnipeg brother and sister to its website -- but does not include it on its actual program.
SEPTEMBER 2011: Police publicly name a third suspect, Robert Groen, and issue a Canada-wide warrant for him after long having issued such a warrant for McKay. Officers describe Groen as an associate of Maryk, and say he's suspected to have fled the country. Also, Crime Stoppers releases a video in hopes of generating tips on the children's whereabouts. "I miss them so much. I've been trying so hard to find them," Cablek said. "I miss seeing their smiles, I miss taking them to school, I miss not knowing if they're going to enjoy what I put in their lunches. I miss hearing them argue, (because) to hear their voices even arguing would be a blessing right now."
DECEMBER 2011: Det.-Sgt. Shaunna Neufeld of the Winnipeg police missing-persons unit says the case is "extreme," and adds that "the stakes are even higher as we have very real concerns for the safety of Abby and Dominic."
MAY 2012: Police in Guadalajara, Mexico, acting on a tip, raid a home in that city and remove Dominic and Abby Maryk, aged 11 and nine, while arresting Kevin Maryk and Robert Groen. Cody John McKay, Maryk's nephew and alleged accomplice, remains on the loose.
SEPTEMBER 2012: Darlene and Bradley McKay, Cody's parents, are charged with abduction by concealment and obstructing justice in connection with the case.
NOVEMBER 2012: Maryk is chargd with five sex-related offences involving a Winnipeg woman, alleged to have occurred between January 2004 and May 2006.
JANUARY 2013: Maryk is charged with one count of criminal harassment, with court documents alleging he tried to enlist a female family member to watch his ex-wife's Winnipeg home. The woman did not carry out his alleged wishes, documents stated.
JUNE 2014: Maryk pleads guilty to two counts of child abduction. Sentencing is set for Monday.