who have been convicted of violent domestic offences should only have
supervised access to their children in custody cases.
That’s the most important of the 35 recommendations delivered by the juryof the coroner’s inquest into the deaths of Andrew and Jared Osidacz.
If that had been the case in March 2006, Jared might still be alive.
8, was on an unsupervised court ordered visit with his father, Andrew
when he died. Andrew stabbed Jared to death and wounded his girlfriend
and her 8-year-old
daughter. He then took his estranged wife,
Julie Craven, hostage at knifepoint. His rampage ended when he was shot
and killed by Brantford police.
For a month, the three women and
two men of the jury heard evidence about the deaths in the hope of
coming up with recommendations that would prevent another similar
death. But the inquest was flawed from the start because Dr. James
Edwards, the presiding coroner, narrowed the scope of the proceeding to
exclude almost all evidence pertaining to domestic violence.
had been convicted of beating Julie several years before he killed
Jared and had been kicked out of a court-ordered domestic violence
program for refusing to provide instructors with contact information
for his new girlfriend.
Recommendations from inquests are non binding.