Accused murderer in Hammonds Plains reinforces need for ankle bracelets

October 01, 2013 at 4:41 pm

HAMMONDS PLAINS, NS – The need for expanded use of ankle bracelets was reinforced today when accused murderer Paul Calnen was released on bail, said Hammonds Plains-Lucasville Progressive Conservative candidate Gina Byrne.

Calnen is charged with second-degree murder in the disappearance of Reita Jordan. He also faces a charge of indecently interfering with human remains “by burning.” He is allowed to reside in two homes in Hammonds Plains.

“Nova Scotia families have a right to feel safe in their homes and communities,” Byrne said. “By increasing the use of ankle bracelets, a PC government will give authorities a powerful tool to make sure dangerous people are where they are supposed to be, when they are supposed to be there.”

In cases such as these, GPS tracking technology will provide confidence to Nova Scotians that police know the whereabouts of people in the community who are accused of terrible crimes.

“The use of ankle bracelets will save valuable time when police discover an offender or person on bail has missed a curfew or breached another court ordered condition,” said Byrne. “They are also a crime prevention tool that will make would-be re-offenders think twice.”

A PC government will invest $3.6 million over four years to increase the number of ankle bracelets to up to 500. Last September, the Department of Justice said 70 people were wearing ankle bracelets.