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Day parole extended for caregiver who killed North Saanich veteran

Dec 01 2012

A former caregiver who murdered a decorated war veteran in his North Saanich home in 1995 has had her day parole extended.

Kathryn Ann Grimsson, 57, was imprisoned 15 years for killing 75-yearold Campbell Stuart, a devoted grandfather of five.

Grimsson worked for a short time as Stuart's caregiver, carrying out housekeeping and personal care, before killing him in his home and stealing items, including his car, to pay drug debts. She was addicted to cocaine at the time, court heard. Grimsson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Both her lawyer and the Crown asked Justice Robert Hutchison to consider setting her parole eligibility at 10 years.

However, Hutchison decided 10 years was not enough and sentenced Grimsson to life imprisonment with no parole for 15 years.

The matter was appealed to the B.C. Court of Appeal but the sentence was upheld.

Grimsson began serving her sentence on Oct. 21, 1996, and was released in late 2011 to a halfway house to serve day parole.

The Parole Board will not reveal the community where Grimsson resides.

The board granted Grimsson a six-month extension of day parole after a hearing last month.

Grimsson has applied for a part-time position as a research assistant.

She has also applied to change her name and is working with a doctor who specializes in transgendered clients.

Grimsson is assessed as a moderate risk to reoffend violently.

Conditions of Grimsson's parole include abstaining from the consumption of illicit drugs and alcohol, continuing psychological counselling and having no contact with Stuart's family.

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