Public warned of violent offender
VANCOUVER—The Justice Ministry in B.C. has issued an unusual public warning about a female, high-risk violent offender who’s been released from jail.
The ministry’s corrections branch said yesterday that 23-year-old Kayla Bourque has an “escalating criminal history” and plans to live in Vancouver.
In March, 2012, she was found guilty of possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, but charges of possessing child pornography were stayed.
She was sentenced to one month in jail and three years of probation.
The branch said Bourque also has offended violently against people, is being closely monitored by authorities, and has 46 court-ordered conditions she must follow.
The woman has a curfew from 6 p.m.-6 a.m. and isn’t allowed to access social networking sites.
Bourque also is forbidden from possessing any weapons, including knives or other bladed instruments, except to prepare food, and must stay away from people under age 18.
The petite, 130-pound woman studied criminology and psychology at Simon Fraser University last year.
Prof. Rob Gordon, who heads the criminology department at SFU, said the university called police after another student told a teaching assistant that Bourque mentioned some of her crimes and that she may have spoken about her fantasies of killing a homeless person.
“She expressed an interest in harming other people,” Gordon added.
Gordon said the 46 conditions Bourque must abide by constitute a huge probation order unlike any he has ever seen.