MONTREAL – Karla Homolka may have relocated again near Montreal, but she can’t expect complete privacy from the local media as long as she lives in Quebec, according to her press council in a other decision on this.
Every few years since Homolka arrived in Quebec some time after his release from prison in 2005, his whereabouts have been published – most recently last year, by a small weekly in the Salaberry-de region. -Valleyfield.
This is where Homolka, the infamous murderer convicted of the murders of three Ontario teenage girls in the 1990s, now lives under her new name of Leanne Teale, reports La Voix régionale Beauharnois-Salaberry Haut-Saint-Laurent.
She was previously near Châteauguay with her children. It was reported at the time that she was also volunteering at a school in NDG, an arrangement that ended.
La Voix reported last year that she lived in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield with the owner of the house she lives in, although she has not released the address.
“The public had the right to be informed of their new place of residence and the newspaper had editorial freedom to publish this information,” the Quebec Press Council wrote in a decision released this week.
“It does not constitute a breach of ethics to indicate the name of the district where Mrs. Homolka lives.”
It could be different if his exact address was published, the press council wrote.
However, releasing her alias is correct, the ruling concluded, noting that Leanne Teale’s name became public domain when Homolka herself used it in a trial during her prison term.
“The latter being a public figure whose history has shaken Quebec and Canada, the Council considers that her name should not be hidden from the public, whether it is a first name or her birth name”, writes the council.
This is at least the third time that a court or a council has come to the same conclusion. After a complaint and an appeal in 2016, the Quebec Press Council also voted in favor of La Presse’s decision to publish Homolka’s background in Châteauguay.
In 2005, the Superior Court of Quebec also sided with the press in Homolka’s attempt to limit public information about itself.
“The public has a right to know what is happening to Ms. Teale because of the nature of the crimes she has committed,” the ruling judge wrote.
“There is no denying that throughout her life, and particularly in the weeks that follow, Ms. Teale will face the post-conviction consequences of the crimes she committed which involved young women.