An Ontario man charged with violently assaulting two people in southwestern B.C. is a paroled killer responsible for five deaths in a 25-year criminal career that includes a dramatic prison break, the kidnapping and rape of a woman and a shootout at a police roadblock. Documents acquired by Cancrime reveal that Thomas Brydges, 73, who is serving a life sentence, was granted full parole – the most permissive freedom for a lifer – in 2014, despite a psychological assessment that concluded his risk for reoffending was “moderate-high level” and despite a previous failure on full parole. Brydges was notorious in Ontario, in part, for drowning four friends when he drove a stolen car into a canal to elude pursuing police and for his role in a breakout from medium-security Collins Bay penitentiary in Kingston that led to a three-day crime spree.
A short, dark movie is looping in Sally Dawe’s head.
It is two minutes and 45 seconds of black and white, silent horror.
It captures the final 165 seconds of the life of her 24-year-old son Tim Wojna, from the moment he encounters a trio of mouthy men on an Ottawa sidewalk, to the moment when one punch to the back of his neck kills him.
“It was your worst nightmare,” says Dawe.
The movie (watch it after the jump) was recorded by an outdoor video surveillance camera beginning at 2:53 a.m. on June 25, 2006.