Thirty-one years ago, teenager Heather Fraser was brutally raped and murdered by a 17-year-old man who was charged with first-degree murder as an adult, the man, James Harold Giff from Smith Falls Ontario spent 31 years behind bars has been given parole.
He was granted full parole on July 7, 2016 — with conditions.
He can’t use drugs or alcohol, must avoid bars and people involved in the “drug subculture,” seek or remain employed, have no contact with the victim’s family or other identified victims and abide by a curfew between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. He must also report all “intimate” female relationships or friendships, sexual or non-sexual, to his parole supervisor. Said the National Post.
Heather, then 16, was a popular Smiths Falls high school student. She was walking home alone from an after-school student council meeting on the snowy evening of Jan. 28 when she was attacked by then 17-year-old Giff in a park just a few hundred metres from her Abbott Street home.
Giff raped and stabbed Heather in the snow-covered railway embankment park and left her to die.
When Heather didn’t come home from school that day, her father, Ian Fraser, and her now late mother, Carolyn Fraser, went out to look for her. It was Ian who found his teenage daughter’s body clinging to life near a bridge in the park.
Heather was rushed to the Ottawa Civic Hospital but died hours later.
Heather is gone forever but this criminal is now a free man, not only did he brutally murder Heather but he had prior murders as well, the Canadian justice system has failed us once more, the man now lives freely in Quebec.