Crown argues that man who killed his wife with U-haul should be denied parole for 18 years

Upon conviction, Candaele automatically received a life sentence, but a period of ineligibility for parole of between 10 and 25 years can be imposed.

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Courts must denounce domestic violence by making sure a Calgary man who killed his newlywed wife by hitting her with a U-haul doesn’t get 18 years of probation, a Crown prosecutor said Tuesday.

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Ronald Candaele had repeatedly assaulted and threatened Melissa Rae Blommaert in the months before he hit her on Bowness Street with a fully loaded moving truck in the early hours of Feb. 10, 2020, prosecutor Robert Marquette told the court Tuesday.

“She was left in the middle of the street in the middle of the night in the dead of winter like a garbage bag,” Marquette said.

“This is a time for the court to send a message of denunciation, especially in spousal murder cases.”

Candaele, 37, was convicted in July 2021 of Blommaert’s second-degree murder and Queen’s Court Judge Blair Nixon rejected the defense argument that the man accidentally ran over the woman and did not I knew she was hurt.

CCTV video from homes in the area captured Blommaert getting out of the U-Haul on 34th Avenue near 80th Street NW, first walking and then running down the middle of the street shortly after 4 a.m. The Justice Court of the Queen, Blair Nixon, found the evidence established Candaele then got into the driver’s seat and gave chase.

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Marquette said the crime was the culmination of a series of threats and violent assaults by Candaele against Blommaert, including holding a broken bottle to her throat and a physical attack while she was pregnant.

He breached a no-contact order when Blommaert was killed, he said.

“(Candaele) was violent, he was unpredictable, he disregarded court orders imposed for his safety.”

The couple had two young girls who were in government custody at the time of their mother’s death.

“There will be no hugs, no more kisses, no hugs on the couch (with their mother) watching movies… the girls now have no mother and their father is charged with her death,” read a victim impact statement written by their mother. adoptive.

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“It makes us anxious about how we will inform you about these events.”

With the conviction, Candaele automatically received a life sentence, but Nixon can impose a parole ineligibility period of between 10 and 25 years.

Defense attorney Kim Ross argued that parole eligibility should be granted after 10 years, telling the court that Crown was exaggerating his client’s history of domestic abuse by citing two violent episodes and a violation of a condition of no Contact.

“That falls far short of a history of trauma and violence,” Ross said.

“Let’s paint a fair picture, a complete picture before the court.”

He said Blommaert was willing to meet Candaele despite the no-contact order, adding that the two married in the middle of one another.

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And Ross said that Blommaert’s murder was not a premeditated act but happened on the spur of the moment.

“This was a situation that happened in a short period of time, less than two minutes… a spontaneous and impulsive situation, not a protracted situation,” he said.

He also rejected the Crown’s claim that Candaele lacked remorse and had not been given the opportunity to express it.

Minutes later, Candaele was given a chance to speak, telling a courtroom audience that included family and friends of Blommaert that she was sorry for the woman’s death.

But he maintained his innocence.

“What happened was out of my control,” she said, crying.

“She was never in front of me at any point in time… I feel like this (conviction) is not right, God knows… I love her with all my heart, I wasn’t doing anything wrong, I was trying to help. let’s move.”

Nixon will pronounce sentence on August 31.

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