IS THERE ANY REMORSE? Parents were reckless, even in their love for son
As you’ve probably heard, this Alberta couple have been convicted by a jury of failing to provide the necessities of life to their 19 month old child for failing to get readily available medical assistance for him as he needlessly died of meningitis. As tragic, controversial and difficult the situation is, as a lawyer I would have strongly advised the father David against his responsive posting on Facebook. After the conviction and before sentencing he posted: “Dear Jury, I deeply Love each one of you and appreciate the tremendous sacrifice that you have made over the last 8 weeks. I only wish that you could’ve seen how you were being played by the crowns deception, drama and trickery that not only led to our key witnesses being muzzled, but has also now led to a dangerous precedent being set in Canada. The flood gates have now been opened and if we do not fall in line with parenting as seen fit by the government, we all stand in risk of criminal prosecution. Remember what the crown prosecutors closing remarks were to combat the fact that the ill equipped ambulance resulted in Ezekiel’s brain death. She communicated that this was not about him dying, but rather about whether or not his life was endangered at any point due to our actions. How many parents have lost children for various reasons, all of which could be concluded that the child’s life was endangered and that the parents should have been able to foresee it? How many parents have had close calls to losing a child, wherein it could be concluded that the child’s life was endangered and the parents should have been able to foresee it? Whether medical attention is sought or not and your child lives, it is of no consequence. It is only about whether or not it can be proven that at some point your child’s life was endangered, and if so you may find yourselves in the same boat as us. The flood gates have now been opened and my main concern is no longer for Collet and I, but rather for Canadian’s as a whole. May Heaven help us all!” I don’t hear any acceptance of responsibility or expression of remorse. What do you think should be the primary sentencing principles here?
David and Collet Stephan loved their son Ezekiel all the way to a preventable death, writes Rosie DiManno.
Source: Parents were reckless, even in their love for son: DiManno | Toronto Star