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Cop-killer admits she was a ‘lunatic’ in senseless slaying

作者:admin 2020-05-24

A once-violent crackhead admitted she was a “lunatic” in the senseless slaying of an undercover Toronto cop in 1998, her Parole Board of Canada decision stated.

Rose Cece lost her bid for day parole on May 13 in a remote hearing where Det.-Const. Bill Hancox’s widow Kim delivered her victim impact statement, but wasn’t present physically due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Cece, now 62, and her then-lover Mary Taylor, now 51 are now serving life sentences since being convicted of second-degree murder in the Aug.  4, 1998 slaying of the 32-year-old officer.

Cece plunged a 12-inch butcher knife into the cop’s chest through an open van window while the officer was on a surveillance assignment in a Scarborough strip mall.

The pair of addicts planned to steal the van but bolted after killing Hancox.

“Given the gravity and severity of your offending, the Board considers the completion of Unescorted Temporary Absences (UTAs) to be a necessary step prior to day parole being considered viable,” the decision stated.

“You are certainly on the right path towards further reintegration, but overall are not yet at a stage where the Board considers your risk to be manageable in the community on day parole.”

After a long-time relationship dissolved in Cece’s violence, she “gravitated towards a lifestyle of intoxicant abuse and instability and entered a negative relationship” with Taylor, the decision stated.

“At  the time, you would do anything for affection and attention. You explained that the murder was not planned, ” the decision stated.

An undated photo of Det.-Const. Bill Hancox. SUPPLIED/FAMILY SUPPLIED / FAMILY

“You were reacting to the frustrations (over the inability) to steal a vehicle” and stabbed him without looking, the decision stated.

“You describe the pain you felt due  to the violence you inflicted on your victim. You agree it was a senseless murder and you cannot come up with an answer.”

The decision added that Cece “understood she took a father from two young children; you say were a ‘lunatic.’”

The Indigenous woman was raised in an “alcoholic and dysfunctional home where she was subjected to sexual abuse by a relative over an extended period of time,” the decision stated.

“Your traumas resulted in you using intoxicants to cope … and your exposure to violence shaped your views regarding relationships and as you explained in your hearing, led you to believe that violence was a way to show  love and to re-build your relationship,” the decision noted.

Cece was convicted of three violent offences against her long-time romantic partner in ’97 when she was 39 before becoming an addict involved with Taylor in Toronto.

Kim Hancox is pictured at Bill Hancox park in Pickering on June 21, 2012. Craig Robertson / Toronto Sun

“You saw violence in your childhood in the context of relationships and, in the back  of your mind, you wrongly believed at the time that violence against your partner might have been  viewed as a romantic act attempting to keep the relationship together,” the decision stated.

“You understand this thinking is very wrong, dangerous and harmful.”

According to their sentences, Cece was required to serve 16 years before applying for parole while Taylor must wait at least 18 years due to her record of 70 convictions and her leadership role in the murder.

It is unknown when Taylor will have another parole hearing.

I’m relieved,” stated widow Kim Hancox in an email afterwards. “It has been really hard on my family and I’m glad it’s over.

Kim Hancox was 26 days away from delivering their second child when her husband was killed.

spazzano@postmedia.com

 

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