The sister of a man killed in the 1992 McDonald’s murders in Cape Breton wants those who are outraged with the Canadian justice system to stand up for victim’s rights.

Cathy Burroughs recently returned to Glace Bay after attending a parole hearing in Laval, Que. for convicted murderer Darren Muise.

Muise was 18 when he admitted to killing Neil Burroughs Jr., a 29-year-old married father and maintenance worker. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 20 years.


Two others were killed during the botched robbery attempt on May 7, 1992, and McDonald’s worker Arlene MacNeil was shot and left permanently disabled by a brain injury.

Two people who were friends of Muise at the time, Freeman MacNeil and Derek Wood, were charged with first-degree murder and sentenced to life with no parole for at least 25 years.

During a hearing Monday, Muise was authorized to have two unescorted temporary absences that will allow him to stay with his girlfriend — 24 hours in the first month and 48 hours for the second month should he abide by the rules.

“Seventeen years ago, Nova Scotia was outraged because this happened,” Cathy Burroughs said on the phone from her parents’ home in Glace Bay. “Why don’t they stand up beside victims of crime and start writing their politicians and saying ‘Hey. We need some change here, our system is not working.’

“If they are so outraged, I would really like for them to start standing up because, honey, they don’t want to have to walk in our shoes.”

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