A 27-year-old woman convicted of second-degree murder in the death of teenager Matthew Martins was granted bail Wednesday and will live with her parents while she awaits a new trial.

 

The victim’s mother, Sandra Martins-Toner, clutched a photo of her son and whispered “I can’t believe this is happening,” and then broke down sobbing after the judge rendered his decision.

 

Katherine Quinn and Robert Forslund were sentenced to life in prison in 2007 for their roles in the 2005 beating death of 16-year-old Martins outside Surrey SkyTrain station.

 

Quinn appealed her conviction and on June 12 was granted a new trial. Under the conditions of her release, Quinn may not leave the house or use the phone except for medical reasons and can’t contact her boyfriend, Forslund.

Quinn’s defence argued the terms were “more restrictive than jail,” a claim Martins’ parents said was “ridiculous.”

“House arrest can’t be viewed by anybody with any common sense as worse than a prison cell,” Martins’ father, David Toner, said outside court.

“How can it be worse when she’s entitled to see her children, and I don’t even get to spend a moment with my child,” added Martins-Toner.

“My child died in a way no wild animal should ever die. Not only has (the criminal justice system) failed my child but they have failed all of you. No one is safe now.”