A mother of murdered Calgary woman says her daughter's killer is living in luxury.
Last week, Pam Novak traveled attended the first parole hearing for Vuong Minh Vu in Victoria.
Vu strangled Novak's 18-year-old daughter Stephanie in her own home after the two had broken up in 2007.
According to the Calgary Sun, Vu wasn’t granted day parole, but Novak was shocked by the minimum-security institution where Vu is serving a life sentence for second-degree murder.
The report says the 'prison' features a tennis court, theatre program and beautiful views of the mountains and ocean.
In addition, inmates can wear their own clothes, live in townhouses where they can order groceries and cook their own meals.
“He’s in an absolutely beautiful location for a prison. It’s appalling,” Novak said. “It’s outside Victoria on the island, right on the banks with beautiful views out to the ocean.”
“I was stunned. I don’t know how you put a murderer there,” Novak told the Sun.
Novak that that if the 'prison' was a resort, she probably couldn't afford to go there.
Vu was denied his request for day parole, but he was given approval to temporarily leave the institution on escorted passes to do volunteer work.
“I’m awfully glad he didn’t get day parole. I wish he hadn’t gotten anything,” Novak said.
Vu will most likely reapply for day parole in a year – the next time he is allowed to apply.