‘We’ve changed:’ victim impact statements read at Mantla sentencing hearing

It’s been three years since Mary Jane Lafferty’s son Elvis was stabbed to death. When a door opens, she still turns to see if he’ll walk in. “I’ll never be able to see my son again. Everyday I wish this never happened. Jealousy … can kill,” said Lafferty, reading from a victim impact statement presented...
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Brendan Burke
As the Yellowknifer’s crime reporter, it’s my job to keep readers up to speed on all-things “cops and courts” related. From house fires and homicides to courtroom clashes, it’s my responsibility to be there - day or night, rain or shine. When I’m not at court gathering stories, I’m in the office, making calls to lawyers, emailing RCMP and tracking down sources. After hours, I rely on the public to let me know what’s happening and where. Entering my second winter in Yellowknife since leaving my hometown of Peterborough, Ont., in October 2017, everyday on this beat continues to be challenging, rewarding and fulfilling. Got a story? Call me at (867) 766-8288 or shoot me an email at editorial@nnsl.com.