No parole for Virk's killer
WebPosted Nov 19 2004 07:16 PM PST
MISSION, B.C. - The 23-year-old man convicted of second-degree murder in the brutal killing of Victoria teen Reena Virk in 1997 has been denied day parole.
Board spokesperson Evelyn Blair
Warren Glowatski went before a National Parole Board hearing in Mission, where he is currently serving his sentence.
INDEPTH: The murder of Reena Virk: A timeline
The murder of Reena Virk: A timeline
CBC News Online | July 20, 2004
July 19, 2004:
B.C. prosecutors say they will seek a third trial for Kelly Ellard, accused of killing Reena Virk in 1997, when they were both teenagers. Ellard's first conviction was overturned on appeal and her second trial ended in a mistrial.
July 18, 2004:
The judge in Ellard's second trial declares a mistrial after the jury says they are deadlocked. "All things must come to an end. That time is now," wrote the jury.
July 17, 2004:
The jury in the Ellard case announces a deadlock, saying 11 members had come to agreement, but one member was holding out. After talking to the judge, the jury decides to sleep on it and try once more to come to a verdict.
July 14, 2004
Jury begins its deliberations in Ellard's second murder trial.
July 9, 2004
Ellard defence rests its case after its last witness testifies that Warren Glowatski, convicted of second degree murder in the case, paid her to spread stories that Ellard had killed Virk.
July 8, 2004
Ellard finishes her third day of testimony, still denying she killed Virk, but saying, "I'm obviously going to be convicted. You've got what you want, my life is ruined."
July 6, 2004
Ellard admits to punching Virk, but says she did so because she thought Virk was going to hurt one of her friends. She denies drowning her in the tidal inlet.
June 30, 2004
A pathologist testifies that Virk's death was due to drowning. He also says that if Virk had not drowned, she may not have survived because of a serious head injury.
June 29, 2004
Glowatski, convicted of second-degree murder in Virk's death, denies killing her, but says he watched Ellard drown her. Ellard lawyer says Glowatski lied repeatedly in his initial statements to police and at his own trial.
June 16-22, 2004
In five days of testimony, several witnesses come forward to say Ellard admitted to killing to Virk.
June 14, 2004
A second trial opens for Ellard, charged with second-degree murder in Virk's death.
March 4, 2004
Ellard's bail is revoked a month after she is charged with assault causing bodily harm in connection with the beating of a 58-year-old woman in a Vancouver park. Ellard is ordered back into custody.
Feb. 4, 2003
The B.C. Court of Appeal orders a new trial for Ellard, now 21 years old. The court ruled the Crown failed to give her a fair trail by asking Ellard 18 times why witnesses would give false testimony against her. Ellard was testifying in her own defence. Ellard – freed on bail pending her appeal – had served 18 months of a life sentence for second-degree murder.
Nov. 29, 2001
Warren Glowatski, the second teen to be convicted of second-degree murder in Virk's death, loses his appeal. The B.C. Court of Appeal rules Glowatski actively took part in Virk's killing.
Nov. 15, 2000
Reena Virk's parents sue the teens arrested in connection with the attack on their daughter, the B.C. government and several others. "Society doesn't make people take responsibility for their actions. This is one way to make them responsible," Manjit Virk, Reena's father, said.
Kelly Ellard (file)
April 21, 2000
A judge rules Ellard must spend at least five years behind bars before she can apply for parole. Ellard was 15 when she was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. The case was tried in adult court. Had she been 18 or older when she took part in Virk's killing, she would have had to serve at least 10 years before being eligible for parole.
March 31, 2000
Ellard is convicted of second-degree murder in the death of Virk. The 17-year-old-girl is led from the courtroom before she can say good-bye to her parents, to begin serving a life sentence. Prosecutors had described Ellard as the most aggressive in the group of girls who attacked Virk. The defence portrayed Ellard as the victim of a conspiracy by a group of young girls who were out to protect themselves.
March 9, 2000
The second-degree murder trial of Kelly Ellard opens in Vancouver. It's the third trial connected to the killing of Reena Virk.
June 18, 1999
Warren Glowatski is sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole seven years for second-degree murder in the death of Reena Virk. Justice Malcolm MacAuley says Glowatski would have a better chance at participating in programs and receiving an education at the federal institution of Matsqui than he would at a youth facility.
June 2, 1999
Warren Glowatski is convicted of second degree murder in the death of Reena Virk.
May 13, 1999
The Supreme Court of Canada refuses to hear an appeal by Kelly Ellard's lawyers to have her case tried in youth court. She will be tried as an adult.
May 3, 1999
Warren Glowatski admits he took part in the beating of Reena Virk but insists he did not kill her.
April 12, 1999
Trial of Warren Glowatski opens in Vancouver. He was 17 when he was accused of second-degree murder in the killing of Reena Virk.
Six girls - aged 14 to 16 - receive sentences ranging from 60 days conditional to one year in jail for their parts in the initial beating of Reena Virk.
Feb. 13, 1998
Three teenaged girls are convicted of lesser charges of assault causing bodily harm.
Feb. 9, 1998
The first of the trials in beating and drowning of Reena Virk opens in Vancouver. Three teenaged girls plead guilty to charges of assault causing bodily harm. Three other teenaged girls go to trial on charges of aggravated assault.
Nov. 22, 1997
Police divers find the body of Reena Virk in a shallow tidal pool, about one kilometre from where she was last beaten.
Nov. 21, 1997
Warren Paul Glowatski is arrested and charged with the murder of Reena Virk. Seven teenaged girls also face charges ranging from assault to murder.
Nov. 14, 1997
Reena Virk, 14, is swarmed and beaten under a bridge in Saanich on Vancouver Island by a group of teenagers, mainly girls. Battered and bloodied, she manages to get up and stagger across the bridge toward a bus stop to make her way home. Two of the original attackers drag her back and beat her again and leave her in the waters of Victoria's Gorge waterway. That's where police find her body eight days later. Witnesses later testified that one of the accused bragged that she had one foot on Virk's head and smoked a cigarette as Virk lay in the water. http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/virk/