Kruse Wellwood and Cameron Moffat murdered an eighteen year old woman. According to court documents the two teen killers would kidnap the young woman before dragging her into a home where she was repeatedly sexually assaulted, tortured and finally murdered. The two teen killers would be arrested and convicted of the brutal crime. However due to Canadian law they received life sentences but due to their ages at the time of the murder are eligible for parole after ten years.
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The father of a Langford teen who was brutally sexually assaulted and murdered by two classmates in 2010 says the family feels betrayed by the criminal justice system.
Cameron Moffatt and Kruse Wellwood, then 17 and 16 years old, were sentenced in 2011 to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 10 years for the horrific torture, murder and mutilation of 18-year-old Kimberly Proctor.
Proctor’s body was discovered in March 2010 along the Galloping Goose Trail in Colwood.
Her father, Fred Proctor, told CTV News on Tuesday that he was “tormented” to learn last week that a parole hearing for one of his daughter’s killers, which was initially scheduled for June, has been postponed until August.
“This torment was already going to be almost six months long,” Proctor said of the delay of Wellwood’s day parole hearing. “Now it’ll be eight months with this monkey on our backs before we can put this parole hearing behind us.”
Proctor said he feels “powerless” and “betrayed by the system” for subjecting families of victims to annual parole hearings.
“Our situation is made worse because of the fact there were two killers and thus far only one of them has applied for parole,” he said. “We could be spending many years attending parole hearings.”
Proctor said that if Canadians knew the grisly details of his daughter’s murder, he believes they would demand tougher sentencing in cases like hers.
“The coroner found that Kim had been raped, her genitals were mutilated, foreign objects were found in her vagina, underwear was stuffed in her mouth and taped shut,” he said. “She was bound and thrown in a deep freezer still alive and eventually succumbed to asphyxiation.”
Kimberly’s badly burned body was discovered March 19, 2010, but it took three days to identify her remains. An autopsy showed the girl died of asphyxiation from duct tape that was placed over her mouth.
“However horrific the details,” Proctor added, they “should be broadcast loudly so that perhaps the bleeding hearts of this country can be silenced and actual victims of crime can be heard.
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One of the two men involved in the murder of Langford teen Kimberly Proctor was denied parole earlier this month, and the decision from the Parole Board of Canada says he would still be a risk to the public’s safety if released on full parole.
In March 2010, then 16-year-old Kruse Wellwood and 17-year-old Cameron Moffat bound, sexually assaulted, choked, gagged and placed Proctor, 18, in a freezer. The next day, they put her body in a duffel bag and took it to an area near the Galloping Goose to burn it. They were handed adult sentences of life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years for premeditated rape and murder.
A report from the parole board says both Wellwood and Moffat were interested in dating Proctor but she denied them both. Wellwood contacted Proctor the night before she was reported missing indicating his intention to apologize.
Wellwood, who is now 26, faced a hearing on May 15 to determine his eligibility for full parole. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Proctor’s family members phoned in to listen to the hearing and deliver victim impact statements.
In August, Wellwood was denied day parole. The parole board’s decision says a clinician did a psychological assessment of him in July and “was unable to envision a scenario where [Wellwood] would be in the community without supervision.” The clinician noted the severity of Wellwood’s psychopathology and lack of progress despite his completion of the high intensity sex offender program.
Wellwood began displaying problematic behaviour in school in Grade 3, the report says, and he met Moffat in Grade 5. Wellwood was a defiant, argumentative, verbally abusive and sometimes violent teen and was verbally and physically abusive towards his mother, the report says. He and Moffat shared information and fantasies related to sexuality and violence.
Wellwood has had “temper tantrums” according to the report and has reacted with self-harming behaviours like hitting himself in the head and pulling his hair. He refused to attend an emotions management group, saying he did not want to listen to other people’s problems.
He has, however, gained support from the prison’s chaplain and a sponsor as well as individuals in the religious community.
The parole board’s report says Wellwood’s plan is to reside with the chaplain or at a community residential facility on the lower mainland if on full parole, however, his case management team says living with the chaplain is not possible and that he is not supported for any form of conditional release.
His case management team also says his level of accountability remains low.
If full parole were to be granted, it is recommended that he not be allowed on or near Vancouver Island without prior written approval of his parole supervisor, that he has no direct or indirect contact with the victims of any family members of the victims, that he report all intimate sexual and non-sexual relationships and friendships with females and he follow a treatment plan or program in the area of sexual deviancy.
“The [case management team] views your episodes with mismanaged emotions as demonstrating deterioration in terms of overall stability and readiness for any form of conditional release,” the report says.
Full parole for Wellwood was denied due to his “insufficient gains in risk reduction.”
“Your case calls for a very gradual, closely monitored and structured release,” the report says. “Your release on full parole at this time would present undue risk to the public’s safety.”