Life sentence for machete murder

Lisa Miel has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of the second-degree murder of Kirk Morin.

Justice Ian Meiklam delivered the sentence in a Fort St. John courtroom July 20, where Miel appeared on her own behalf. 

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“One can only describe the murder of Mr. Morin by approximately 50 blows with a machete as horrific and exceedingly brutal,” Meiklam said.

In March, a jury found Miel guilty of second-degree murder in the September 2015 killing of Morin, rejecting claims of self-defence and that she was driven by her schizophrenia.

Her 20-minute attack began in Morin’s truck in the parking lot of the Taylor recreation centre, portions of which were caught on surveillance video that showed it extended to the easement between Cherry Avenue and the Alaska Highway, where Morin was found dead. He was 51.

Miel will have no chance for parole for 14 years, up from the mandatory minimum of 10 years. Miel is  also banned from owning a firearm, crossbow, restricted weapon, ammunition, and explosive substances for the rest of her life.

Court transcripts show Miel was disruptive during her sentencing, interrupting Meiklam several times to the point he had her removed from the courtroom. 

“From her demeanour and somewhat disruptive utterances at this hearing, I gained the impression that feeling and expressing true remorse is still a long way off, due to her mental state,” said Meiklam.

Miel and Morin were unknown to each other when they met in Taylor in the early evening of Sept. 6, 2015.

Miel had been cycling to Grande Prairie, and Morin offered to give her a ride. Miel only expected a ride only to the top of the South Taylor Hill, however, Morin kept driving to a secluded area near the Old Kiskatinaw Bridge, where the two talked over beer for several hours. 

Morin had been drinking throughout the day before meeting Miel, who became concerned he was too drunk to continue driving, jurors heard. Miel offered to drive the truck back to Taylor in exchange for sex, jurors were told.

The attack began a short time after they arrived back in Taylor and after Miel said Morin had pulled a knife on her.

Sigrid Thompson, Miel’s lawyer during trial, urged jurors to deliver a verdict of manslaughter citing Miel’s mental illness and fear for her life.

However, Miel’s only witness during the trial, Dr. David Morgan, testified she had a history of mental illness, but didn’t believe a defence of not criminally responsible could be made.

Morin was a father of four and grandfather of two, and operated a market garden in South Taylor before returning to pipeline work with Patch Point.

ahendry@ahnfsj.ca

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