New Westminster’s Mayor says the city is doing what it can to allay fears about a high risk violent offender moving to the city.
Jonathan Cote says he understands why people might be uncomfortable about Kayla Bourque moving into their community.
But he says both law enforcement and the city will be watching her closely.
“A lot of restrictions have been put in place and we’re going to be doing everything we can to ensure public safety, and the police are certainly spending a lot of time making sure that that’s going to happen.”
Bourque was convicted in 2012 of torturing and killing her family’s cat and dog — and has threatened to harm people in the past.
The ministry of justice has deemed her at high risk to re-offend, and released her under 47 conditions including a curfew and electronic monitoring.
With Bourque’s planned release into the community, many in New Westminster are expressing their concerns about her arrival.
“Well yeah, I have a dog and so that really upsets me.”
“I’m really concerned. I just hear so many things that people reoffend – if she’s at risk, maybe she shouldn’t bein the community until she’s not at risk.”
“Because I’ve seen I think three times now in the last two weekps people who haven’t reported to their parole in like 24 hours and disappeared. If they are at high risk to re-offend, they don’t have the right ot be in our community yet.”
Bourque’s conditions include not associating with minors, keeping away from playgrounds and pools and staying off the internet.
Anyone who sees her violating them is asked to call police.