No parole for Tara Manning’s rapist and killer, board decides in minutes

The father of the Dorval teen who was murdered by Gregory Bromby in 1994 had prepared a victim-impact statement to argue the release.

Michael Manning with a photo of his daughter, Tara, at her first communion, at his home in Beaconsfield, Feb. 22, 2019. Tara was killed in 1994. Peter McCabe / MONTREAL GAZETTE

Michael Manning got a surprise on Monday when it took the Parole Board of Canada less time than he requires to smoke a cigarette to decide the man who killed his daughter should not receive any form of release.

Gregory Bromby, 42, killed 15-year-old Tara Manning inside her family’s home in 1994 after having raped the girl. In a trial held at the Montreal courthouse in 1997, he was convicted of first-degree murder but, because he was a minor at the time of the slaying, he automatically received a life sentence with a parole ineligibility set at 10 years instead of the standard 25.

Despite being eligible for parole since May 5, 2005, Bromby, who has admitted he raped two other girls before and after he killed Tara, has never been granted any form of parole. The parole board turned down his request for releases in 2007 and 2012 and, according to Michael Manning, he was turned down again on Monday following a hearing at a federal minimum-security institution held in British Columbia.

“They held the hearing and the parole board members said they would deliberate. So I went outside to smoke a cigarette and before I could finish it I was being called back in,” Manning said while adding it was clear to him, based on what was said at the hearing, that Bromby is still not ready to be released.

The victim’s father also said he was surprised to learn that Bromby was only requesting permission to have access to escorted leaves from the institution on Vancouver Island. Offenders reside in a collection of duplexes on land surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean. Manning likens it to an all-inclusive vacation resort for criminals.

“I had prepared my victim-impact statement to (argue against) him being released on day parole and then I found out he was asking for escorted leaves,” Manning said.

Escorted leaves are considered the first step an offender takes as they prepare for a request for parole. The leaves are usually used to carry out volunteer work, take part in rehabilitation programs or visit relatives who might eventually take an offender in as he settles into society.

According to evidence presented in his case in the 1990s, Bromby was abandoned as a baby at an orphanage in Haiti and was adopted by a couple from Quebec in 1977.

It is unusual to see an inmate request permission for escorted leaves when they are well beyond their period of parole ineligibility. It is also considered a step backyard for Bromby as in 2012 he requested day parole and in 2007 he was seeking unescorted leave privileges.

Manning said the parole board rejected Bromby’s release because his plan was weak and because it was clear that, as he is incarcerated in B.C., he has no family available to support him if he were to be released.

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