'Zero remorse': Mother of raped teen reacts to MacKean's 2-year sentence
Josh Elliott, CTVNews.ca
Published Tuesday, June 24, 2014 8:20PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, June 24, 2014 8:23PM EDT
John Leonard MacKean’s two-year sentence for his role in the imprisonment and rape of a Nova Scotia teen has sparked outrage across the country.
A Nova Scotia judge took the Crown’s recommendation on Tuesday and sentenced MacKean to18 months in jail for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy who was held captive by two other men in a cabin for eight days in 2012. MacKean received an addition six months in jail for communicating with the boy’s captors for the purpose of obtaining sexual services from a person under 18.
The boy’s mother told the court in a victim impact statement that MacKean didn’t just rape her son sexually. “You raped his body, you raped his soul, you raped his future, and that is something that cannot be fixed,” she said.
She said her son was traumatized by the experience and now carries large knives with him anywhere he goes in the house because he doesn’t feel safe. She also said he has frequent outbursts of sobbing and anger.
After the sentencing, the boy’s mother said she was disappointed the court didn’t view MacKean’s case as an opportunity to set a precedent.
“Reading my victim impact statement, there was zero remorse shown on that man’s face,” the mother told CTV News after the sentencing hearing. She cannot be named to protect the identity of her, son, who is a minor. “MacKean will be out in two years, but (my son) will suffer for many years. When MacKean was given the opportunity to say something, he chose not to. Not even an ‘I’m sorry.’”
Crown attorney Lloyd Tancock said he recommended MacKean’s two-year sentence so the court could attach a three-year probationary period to follow MacKean’s prison time.
“We basically have Mr. MacKean under community supervision for a period of five years,” he told CTV News on Tuesday. Any more prison time and MacKean would be allowed to go unsupervised after his jail term, Tancock said.
David James LeBlanc, who last year pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the same case, was sentenced to 11 years in prison last June.
A third man involved in the case died before he was arrested.
Tancock said MacKean’s sentence was shorter than LeBlanc’s because MacKean was only involved in the situation for a “brief duration.”
The Crown attorney dismissed arguments that MacKean might have thought the rape was consensual, or that MacKean might have thought the boy was over 18. “I don’t for one moment believe that he thought that,” Tancock said. “He had to know he was young from his appearance.”
Tancock pointed out that the boy was chained and blindfolded at the time of the rape. “He couldn’t possibly have thought anything was consensual.”
MacKean’s sentence triggered an outpouring of disbelief from users on Twitter.
Abuse survivor and retired hockey player Theo Fleury expressed his outrage in a tweet to Justice Minister Peter MacKay. “So this is your version of tougher sentences on child rapist???” he wrote. “Wake up and make judges accountable.”
MacKay’s office issued a statement in response to the verdict on Tuesday.
“While we cannot comment on any cases before the courts, our deepest sympathies go out to the victims involved in this case,” it read.
MacKay was in Saint John, N.B. on Tuesday for a round table discussion on victims’ rights.