By The Canadian Press on February 14, 2018.
MONCTON, N.B. – The mother of a 16-year-old Indigenous girl murdered in northern New Brunswick made an emotional plea for tougher laws for people convicted of serious crimes.
Pam Fillier told the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls on Tuesday that people convicted of murder should not be allowed out of prison.
Fillier was speaking at the start of two days of inquiry hearings in Moncton, N.B., where at least 35 people are expected to speak, including a youth panel this afternoon.
Fillier’s daughter, Hilary Bonnell, disappeared from Esgenoopetitj First Nation on Sept. 5, 2009, triggering an extensive search that gripped the community.
The girl’s 32-year-old cousin Curtis Bonnell was arrested in 2009, and led police to her burial site, admitting that he sexually assaulted and killed her.
He was later convicted of first-degree murder, and sentenced to an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.
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