Warning: This story contains details about a sexual assault and murder.
Teenage killer Kruse Hendrick Wellwood has been denied parole again by the Parole Board of Canada.
Wellwood, now 28, is serving a life sentence for the murder of 18-year-old Kimberly Proctor in March 2010.
Wellwood, then 16, and Cameron Moffat, 17, lured the 12th grader to Wellwood’s home in Langford, bound her, gagged her, sexually assaulted her, beat her, suffocated her and mutilated her body with a knife for several hours.
They put his body in a freezer and the next day they traveled to the Galloping Goose Trail and set it on fire. His badly burned body was found under a roadside bridge on March 19, 2010.
The teens, who were sentenced as adults, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and were sentenced to life in prison in 2011 without the possibility of parole for 10 years. Both were eligible for one day of probation in 2018.
At the time, a court-prepared psychological evaluation assessed Wellwood as high risk for intimate partner violence. The psychologist concluded that Wellwood met many of the diagnostic criteria for psychopathy, sexual sadism, and necrophilia.
“In sentencing, the judge said the murder was so horrific that words could not adequately describe the inhuman cruelty you and your co-defendant displayed,” the parole board says in a decision released today. “The judge noted that you and your co-defendant planned to sexually assault and kill the victim whom you brutalized for several hours before killing her. The judge noted that you minimized your own involvement and pointed the finger at your co-defendant.”
Wellwood applied for day parole and escorted temporary leave from the Mission Institution in August 2019, but was denied.
At his hearing on August 4, 2022, the Correctional Service of Canada advised against day parole.
The parole board’s decision says the most recent psychological evaluation, completed in April, concluded Wellwood’s risk of violent and sexual reoffending remains high.
The psychologist found that Wellwood continues to use sex as a way to deal with negative emotions. He noted that during the evaluation, Wellwood sat slumped, did not make eye contact, called the murder the “event” and did not use Kimberly’s name. The psychologist concluded that not only is Wellwood’s risk unmanageable on one-day probation, but his risk is too high for a transfer to a minimum-security institution.
“His psychological risk assessments are very concerning… the psychopathology-specific ones point to a high risk. He appears to have an ingrained sexual deviance that began at a very young age and that he acted in the most violent manner towards an innocent woman,” the decision reads.
The board is also concerned that Wellwood had been writing to Moffat, his co-defendant, before Moffat’s case management team decided it was inappropriate.
Wellwood continues to have emotional outbursts and attempts to harm himself. She continues to have an interest in risky sexual thoughts and controlling sex, the decision says.
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