While serving a life sentence for the second-degree murder of an off-duty officer in his apartment in 2015, Christopher Garnier, 30, is also being treated for PTSD.
At his sentencing in December, the court heard his father, who had served in the Canadian Forces, also has PTSD, and getting treatment for his son helps them both so Veterans Affairs ponied up the dough to treat Garnier behind bars.
But the most insane, infuriating and demented part of an already demented story is that the PTSD Garnier is being treated for is related to the murder he committed and is in the slammer for!
The guy GAVE HIMSELF PTSD when he murdered a beautiful, vibrant, off-duty Nova Scotia police officer named Catherine Campbell, after meeting her in a bar. He stuffed her body in a trash can and disposed of her like garbage under a bridge.
And in another unbelievable act of gall, the low life tried to use his PTSD diagnosis to get a reduced sentence, to avail himself of a parole hearing after ten years instead of 13 years.
Veterans Affairs issued a general statement to the CBC without referring to the case directly, saying:
“When a man or woman serves in Canada's Armed Forces or the RCMP, their whole family serves with them. That is why the government of Canada has made it a priority to not only improve benefits and services for our nation's veterans, but for their families as well.
"As such, access for family members of veterans to counselling and other services may be provided in circumstances where it is determined that the provision of these services will assist the veterans in achieving their rehabilitation goals.”
Except that if a current Canadian Forces member was convicted of this murder, they would be thrown out of the force and receive no benefits.
There aren't enough mental health services available for actual soldiers who need them, but Veterans Affairs is paying for a murderer to overcome the PTSD he gave himself when he butchered a Nova Scotia police officer and then committed an indignity to her battered body.