Remember Those Lost

 

In the Region of Durham, Ontario, Canada, four women and three children have died re either domestic violence circumstances or, in the case of two of the children, 'at the hand/supervision of their father', in the past two years. The latest victim, two year old Alexis Currie, whose body was discovered Thursday afternoon, March 14, 2002 in a wooded area after an intense three-day search that began in Toronto, disappeared after her father failed to return her home to her mother. Alexis was last seen on Friday March 8 with her four year old sister, Robyn, when their father picked them up in Scarborough for a custodial visit.  Robyn was returned home; Alexis was murdered. The little girl died from a "sharp force injury to the neck."

Marcia Harmon (42) and her six year old daughter Danielle were killed by their husband and father, Montgomery Harmon, in March of 2000.

Kyra-Lee Sibthorpe died after being attacked by a Rottweiler in January 2002, while under her father's supervision. She was four. Her father was nowhere to be found after the attack; he just 'disappeared.'

In June 2001 the body of Andrea Schneider (38) was found stuffed in the trunk of a car; her husband James Steward Poland, has been charged with murder.

On Mother's Day 2000, Hermoutie Raghunauth (28) was found dead in her Pickering home. Toxicology tests showed she had been poisoned. Her husband Ganeshram Raghunauth has been charged with murder.

 Gillian Hadley was murdered in June 2000 by her estranged husband Ralph who was, at the time of the murder, under a restraint to stay away from the couple's home and not to contact Gillian.

An excerpt from the sign a neighbour placed at the home of Gillian reads:

"How long, how hard, and in how many ways does a woman have to fight for her life?"

 

 


Durham Region Police Detective Constable Cheryl Carter calls spousal abuse "an issue of control, dominance and manipulation of your partner." Det. Const. Carter is working with the Ajax-Pickering Women's Shelter to set up a facility for abused women and children in west Durham. Oshawa has Denise House, named for murder victim Denise Penny. She died at the hands of her husband, after he literally tracked her down when she travelled west to flee him.

BABY ALEXIS WAS MURDERED BY HER FATHER PETER CURRIE. HE SLIT HER THROAT THEN LEFT HER TO BLEED TO DEATH IN A REMOTE AREA.



*JUNE, 2000: THE CANADIAN JUDICIAL SYSTEM LET AN OBSESSED HUSBAND OUT ON BAIL. A 34 YEAR OLD POSTAL WORKER WAS CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL HARASSMENT, BREACH OF RECOGNIZANCE AND BREACH OF UNDERTAKING AFTER ALLEGEDLY REPEATEDLY CONTACTING HIS ESTRANGED WIFE, DESPITE BEING REQUIRED TO KEEP AWAY. HE WAS FREED ON $5,000 BAIL WITH STRICT CONDITIONS IMPOSED BY THE JUSTICE OF THE PEACE. ON JUNE 20, ALMOST FOUR MONTHS AFTER HIS RELEASE, HE BROKE INTO HIS ESTRANGED WIFE'S HOME, CHASED THE NAKED MOTHER OF THREE ONTO THE STREET AND VIRTUALLY DRAGGED HER BACK INSIDE THE DOORWAY, MOMENTS AFTER SHE PASSED THEIR INFANT SON TO NEIGHBORS. SHE WAS SHOT DEAD INSIDE THE DOORWAY BY HER HUSBAND WHO THEN TURNED THE HANDGUN ON HIMSELF. HE LEFT BEHIND A SEVEN PAGE SUICIDE NOTE IN WHICH HE DETAILED HIS DEADLY PLAN.
THIS MAN HAD BEEN CHARGED IN JANUARY OF THIS YEAR WITH ASSAULTING HIS WIFE AS WELL AS BREACHING THE CONDITIONS OF A PEACE BOND IN RELATION TO HER SEVERELY DISABLED STEPSON. HE HAD EARLIER BEEN ACCUSED OF ABUSING THE CHILD. HE WAS RELEASED ON ORDERS NOT TO HAVE CONTACT DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY WITH HIS WIFE. INSTEAD, HE REPEATEDLY VIOLATED THE CONDITIONS BY VISITING HIS WIFE'S RESIDENCE, TELEPHONING HER, AND THREATENING HER. HIS WIFE TOLD THE POLICE ABOUT THIS. HE WOULD DRIVE AROUND HER HOME, PARK OUT FRONT, HIDE IN THE BUSHES. SHE TOLD POLICE THAT TOO. HIS PARENTS PROMISED TO 'MONITOR THEIR SON'S ACTIONS' AND IT WAS WITH THIS THE JP GRANTED HIM BAIL AND RELEASED HIM.*

In memory of Gillian Hadley, Pickering, Ontario, Canada; 35 years old, mother of three, whose life, according to the Canadian Judicial System, was worth only $5,000. Tell that to her children Assistant Crown Attorney, Defense Lawyer, Justice of the Peace and Minister of Justice; tell that to her family.


*I HAVE RECEIVED ENQUIRIES REGARDING HELPING THE CHILDREN OF GILLIAN. THE "GILLIAN HADLEY TRUST FUND" IS ACCESSIBLE THROUGH THE CANADIAN IMPERIAL BANK OF COMMERCE (CIBC). The Toll Free number for CIBC, 1 800-465-2422 is accessible throughout North America, so customers from the US may call this number, and is available 24
hours a day, 7 days a week. However, donations will not be able to be made over the telephone for security reasons. Those who would have access to a CIBC nearby, can go to any CIBC branch to make the donation, for others who live in the US or abroad; the mailing address to the branch where donations may be sent by cheque or money order is:

"GILLIAN HADLEY TRUST FUND"
CIBC - Transit 01932
376 Kingston Road
Pickering
Ontario, Canada
L1V 1A4

I SINCERELY THANK EVERYONE WHO HAS SO KINDLY WRITTEN.

CIBC INFO COURTESY OF:
MELANIE D.
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