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Day parole suspension lifted for killer Kerry Sim (formerly Kelly Ellard)

Sim was jailed in 2005 for her role in the murder of Victoria teen Reena Virk

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The Parole Board of Canada has lifted a suspension of day parole for killer Kerry Sim, formerly Kelly Ellard.

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In a ruling dated Oct. 28, the parole board said Sim — who was jailed in July 2005 for her role in the 1997 murder of Victoria teen Reena Virk — was first granted day parole in May 2016 and that it had been extended several times since then.

Her most recent day parole allowed her to spend two nights a week at a community residential facility and five nights a week at home. Sim has two children.

According to the ruling, over the past two years Sim, 39, has been impacted by the stress of motherhood and maintaining a household.

“Over the last two years, there were changes in your personal life, and the stress of motherhood and maintaining a household was affecting you. Your youngest child is a toddler and your oldest is entering school. Your husband lost his job and you were experiencing financial problems,” the parole board wrote.

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The ruling states that in July 2021, Sim met with her parole officer and lost her temper. It was reported to the parole board that there had been two-way domestic violence in Sim’s relationship and that she had consumed alcohol, which is not allowed under her parole conditions.

“Warrants were issued and executed on Aug. 12, 2021, due to an increase in risk/deterioration of behaviour and for protection of society,” the parole board stated.

During a meeting on Aug. 16, after her parole had been suspended, Sim denied any domestic violence in her relationship.

“Your parole officer challenged you because of the reliable information that there had been violence on two occasions. It was reported that you had slapped your spouse on one occasion and that you had pushed each other in front of the children on the other occasion,” the parole board wrote.

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“You said that you had not slapped him, but admitted to pushing each other. You stated that you had gotten into an argument and when he tried to discipline your child, you did not like it. Your spouse tried to leave, but you grabbed him to prevent him from leaving and you pushed each other. When asked why you were preventing him from leaving, you saidthat  you wanted him to explain why he was disciplining your son.”

Sim also said eyebrow lacerations that she had earlier reported as an accident were due to being hit by her spouse. Police were notified the next day and reported that they had attended Sim’s home in July, “but the file was closed as they did not find any evidence of domestic violence during the visit.”

In October, Sim asked that her suspension be lifted. Her case management team was in support of this, stating that despite her behaviours she had shown resiliency and a determination to succeed in society.

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The board was also given a letter from Sim’s husband, who despite the allegations of domestic violence said he was supportive of her.

“The board finds your poor emotions management, lack of transparency and lack of accountability contributed further to your deteriorating behaviour,” the board wrote.

“However, with these concerns in mind, the Board finds there are aspects of your case that demonstrate your risk continues to be manageable in the context of a supervised release.”

As a result, day parole was reinstated but subject to some new conditions, including psychiatric treatment to deal with anxiety and mental health issues, having no unauthorized contact with her partner and reporting all sexual and non-sexual relationships.

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