A murderer waiting to happen

Clare Spiers

Clare Spiers

Michele Mandel, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:25 PM ET

TORONTO ─ Clare Spiers was a murderer waiting to happen.

The signs were all there, the revolving door of prison stints from the time he was 16, the brutal rape and robbery of a stranger at JFK airport in New York, aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, more than 30 charges in all.

Catch and release was the lucky theme of his miserable life. But you have to wonder, as the murderer's lengthy criminal record is entered into court, if grandmother Mimi Khonsari would still be alive if only Spiers had been declared a dangerous offender somewhere along the way.

Instead, the beloved Barrie, Ont., woman is dead and her killer is just seven years away from applying for release yet again.

Calling it a "brutal and senseless crime" that caused the "death of a lovely lady who cared deeply for her family as they cared deeply for her," Justice Ian Nordheimer accepted the plea bargain that had the former door-to-door renovations salesman admit to second-degree murder in a return for a life sentence that offers a chance of parole after 17 years ─ a bargain considering the 25 years that the lucky sod was originally facing when a Barrie jury convicted him of first-degree murder in 2007.


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