Return Tori Stafford’s killer Terri-Lynn McClintic back to prison

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We the people implore the government to change policy to keep offenders who have been convicted of heinous crimes from being transferred to healing lodges.

”Victoria (Tori) Stafford, bleeding and crying, begged for help.

“She just said, don’t let him do it again.”

Rape her. If the 8-year-old even knew that word. Probably not.

Her tearful beseeching was to Terri-Lynne McClintic, who’d helped Michael Rafferty snatch the child off the street in Woodstock, Ont., lured her with the promise of a puppy, come have a look. 

Murdered within hours.

Rafferty had already violated the little girl once, in his car, down a lonely rural road. Tori — as she was known to friends and family — needed to urinate. It was McClintic who led her a few metres away.

“I told her she was a very strong girl. She said, like you? I said, you are much stronger.”

That was McClintic, speaking from the witness box, at Rafferty’s first-degree murder trial in 2012.

She took Tori back to her boyfriend. Tori didn’t want to let go of McClintic’s hand.

“She asked me to stay with her. I tried to hold on to her hand but I couldn’t stay because I knew what was going to happen. I couldn’t be there for that. I left.” 

McClintic, as the star witness against Rafferty, told court how she heard screams and, when she went back, saw Tori on the ground.

Put a garbage bag over the youngster’s head. Kicked her. Struck her over the head with a hammer.

Helped bury her under a nearby pile of rocks.

At her own half-day trial, two years earlier — most of the proceedings kept out of the media for seven months because of a publication ban — McClintic pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.

“You are admitting you’re guilty of murdering Victoria Stafford?” Justice Dougald McDermid asked.

Yes.

“You understand that I will have no choice but to sentence you to life?”

Yes.

“Have you been threatened or coerced in any way to plead guilty?”

No.

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Anyone who could partake in a hennous act against a child should not be allowed to reside in a healing lodge, especially when there are children present, no fences, and multiple escapes have already occurred. 

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“Child killer Terri-Lynne McClintic isn’t welcome at the healing lodge that sits on Nekaneet First Nation land, band members say.

McClintic’s transfer from a medium-security prison in Ontario to the Okimaw Ochi Healing Lodge in Saskatchewan has triggered national outrage.

And local band members are furious as well that they were not consulted and only recently learned the child killer was nearby.

There are no fences at the healing lodge and over the years, there have been a number of escapes.

Child killer Terri-Lynne McClintic isn’t welcome at the healing lodge that sits on Nekaneet First Nation land, band members say.

 

 



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