Parole denied to man who killed woman and her son out of hatred

“The board notes that its release plan does not provide for further interventions to manage the risk it presents.”

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A man who killed his neighbor and her two-year-old daughter three decades ago out of hatred for immigrants has been denied parole despite his claims he would go on a hunger strike if not released.

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In 1992, Denis Paulet, now 75, shared a hatred of immigrants with his mother-in-law Yvonne Payette while they lived on welfare in an apartment in Brossard. They focused their hatred on an Armenian family who had emigrated from Turkey to Canada during the 1980s and lived in the same building.

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He later admitted that he devised a plan to gain Bercuhi Leylekoglu’s trust and then steal something of value from his family’s residence. He confessed to investigators that he was annoyed that Leylekoglu’s family seemed to be doing well while he lived in poverty.

Payette agreed to act as a lookout during the robbery. Paulet also told police investigating the double homicide that he did not expect Leylekoglu’s youngest daughter, Talin, to be inside the apartment when she committed the crime.

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Shortly before the victims were killed, he deflated a tire on Leylekoglu’s vehicle and then pretended to come to his aid by offering to inflate it. Then, on May 26, 1992, she entered her family’s apartment, tied Leylekolgu to her bed, and strangled her. She then strangled the two-year-old before stealing $4,000, a camera and a gold chain.

In an effort to confuse police as to the motive for the killings, he also used crayon to draw a swastika on a wall in the apartment and wrote the word “Terminator” near the Nazi symbol.

On June 7, 1993, Paulet was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and automatically given a life sentence with a parole ineligibility period set at 25 years. Payette testified against Paulet during his trial and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. He also received a life sentence and was eligible for parole after serving 13 years.

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Paulet was first granted full parole in 2019, but was returned behind bars months after he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman who lived in the same nursing home in Eastern Townships that he he moved. When police searched his apartment, they found a large amount of pornography, including a photo of a minor performing fellatio on an adult.

On December 21, 2021, after a six-day trial, Paulet was acquitted of charges alleging that he sexually assaulted and assaulted the elderly woman. He but he was convicted of possession of child pornography and was sentenced to time served, the equivalent of a six-month prison sentence.

Last week, he had his first hearing before the Parole Board of Canada since his return behind bars in 2020 and asked to be released to a halfway house where he could paint and go for long walks. According to a summary of the board’s decision, Paulet stated that he would “end his days” with a hunger strike if things did not go his way.

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He also claimed that he was not the person who killed Leylekoglu and her daughter. He told the board that he was investigating a way to appeal his conviction for crimes committed three decades ago.

The parole board turned Paulet down for both day and full parole because he has yet to participate in a program to treat sexual deviance to address his child pornography possession conviction.

“In reaching this decision, the board has taken into consideration that, since his return (to a penitentiary) following the charges filed against him, he has made no progress,” the board wrote in its decision. “The board notes that its release plan does not provide for further interventions to manage the risk it presents. He wants to resume his life as it was before the suspension of his release, without having thought more about the situations that he will have to avoid”.

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