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The country’s Supreme Court ruling has opened an old wound in Linda Popcock’s heart.

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Friday’s verdict declaring a series of parole sentences unconstitutional brought back the sharp pain of the murder of his daughter by a serial killer and his friend nearly 10 years ago – and brought Bobcak to tears.

“It means every living thing is not a bar,” Popcock told The Canadian Press.

The Supreme Court of Canada declared the Criminal Code provision of 2011 unconstitutional, allowing judges to serve up to 25 years of parole ineligible periods, not simultaneously for each murder.

The law has been applied to some of Canada’s worst murderers in recent years, including Dellon Millard and Mark Smich, who have been convicted of killing Popcock’s 23-year-old daughter, Laura.

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The Supreme Court ruled that the law violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees against cruel and extraordinary conduct.

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Linda Popcock said the verdict was a huge blow.

“Our lives were ruined by their guilt,” Babcock said of his daughter’s killers. “Yet the courts consider it cruel to imprison them for life. Why do victims have less rights than criminals?

He suggested that the Supreme Court should not be in touch with the victims and their families.

“These judges do not understand the pain we experience every day of our lives,” Popcock said.

“Yet they give a little tenderness to the perpetrators, they do not want to suffer too much. We suffer so badly every day – that’s almost 10 years ago, I still cry every day.

Five months after the couple killed Laura Popcock in 2012, Millard killed his father, Wayne Millard, a wealthy airline executive whose death was initially ruled suicidal.

Six months later, Dellon Millard and Smith kill again, killing Tim Bosma, a 32 – year – old man, in a test drive in a Hamilton man’s truck.

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Peter Roberts, a cousin of Wayne Millard, said he could not trust the Supreme Court ruling.

“This is a mockery of justice,” Roberts said. “Dellon Millard’s murders are horrific, unforgivable, insanity is at its peak, and he’s just one of many. His parole reduced is a joke.”

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Dillon Millard was convicted of three first-degree murders in three separate trials, with each judge stacking 25 years of parole disqualification on top of the others. Smich was convicted of two first-degree murders and sentenced to 50 years in prison without parole.

In another case, families and survivors of the deadly van attack in Toronto in 2018 – along with a judge at trial – were waiting more than a year for a Supreme Court ruling to be handed down.

Now Alek Minassian will face an automated life sentence with no chance of 25 years on parole for killing 10 people on April 23, 2018. Two more died a few years later, and one of them did not leave the hospital after the frenzy.

Victims hoped Minasian, who was convicted of 10 counts of murder last year, would be prosecuted for several consecutive terms of parole disqualification.

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Kathy Riddle was one of the survivors of a minor injury sustained by Minassia when she was driving on a busy sidewalk in a rental van.

Now she is angry.

“Let me tell you what a horrible and unusual punishment is,” he said.

“An innocent man who was murdered. It is when an innocent person is disabled or an innocent person divides their life. This is a cruel and unusual punishment.

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He said he was disappointed in the justice system.

“I’m ashamed of our country,” he said. “I’m ashamed of our court system for doing what they did.”

Elwood Delaney was furious when the Canadian press told him about Friday’s verdict.

His grandmother, Dorothy Sewell, was walking to the bank that April when he was killed in an attack.

“Because of that verdict, I’m not going to get a proper closure anymore,” he said. “This is what the Supreme Court of Canada did to me and the other victims.”

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Popcorn, Riddle and Delaney pledged to fight for change in parliament.

Linda Babcock wrote a letter to her MP on Friday afternoon

“How can multiple murders be prevented if there are no severe punishments?” She wrote.

“If there is any hope to change what has happened in the courts, please stand up for the rights of the victims of the crime and ensure that they are not allowed back into the community.”

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