Thursday, 6 October 2011

Jewish School Fire Bomber Skips Hearing


Omar Bulphred in 2007.

Omar Bulphred in 2007.

Photograph by: ., Montreal police

Montreal Gazette


MONTREAL - A man serving a 7-year prison term for a series of hates crimes, including the 2006 firebombing of a Jewish school for children, may spend the rest of his sentence behind bars after proving to be a problem since his release to a halfway house earlier this year.
Omar Bulphred, 26, renounced his right to a hearing the National Parole Board Thursday morning and subsequently saw his statutory release revoked. Parole board member Renaud Dutil said Bulphred “indicated confidential reasons” as his explanation for deciding to skip the hearing just ten minutes before it was scheduled to take place at the Leclerc Institution, a penitentiary in Laval. Dutil and his colleague Michel Lafreni√®re conducted a brief hearing despite Bulphred’s absence.
When Bulphred was sentenced, on Feb. 12, 2009, he had 40 months left to serve. He pleaded guilty to uttering threats, setting a fire at the Skver-Toldos Orthodox Jewish Boys School in Outremont, in September 2006, and to trying to set fire to propane tanks he placed near the Snowdon YM-YWHA in April 2007. The fire at the school caused little damage and the propane tanks failed to explode. No one was injured in either fire but some parents at the school withdrew their children out of concerns for their safety.


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