A Langley man who assaulted his wife and stepdaughter before setting fire to the home has been granted unescorted parole to attend a treatment program. Andre Harvey Richard is serving an eight-year sentence.
A Langley man who assaulted his wife and stepdaughter before setting fire to the home has been granted unescorted parole to attend a treatment program.In its decision, the Parole Board of Canada said Andre Harvey Richard’s behaviour toward his case managers had improved since the fall and that he had been making some progress in attending rehabilitation programs, counselling and work training in recent months.On April 2, 2014, Richard broke into his estranged wife’s home with a rubber-headed mallet and a saw. The couple argued before Richard struck her with his fists, the mallet and the saw.When his stepdaughter tried to intervene, he struck her as well. Richard stopped the assault when his stepdaughter hit a panic button on the home’s alarm system. He then went downstairs and poured accelerant on the floor before lighting it on fire. His seven-year-old son was also home at the time.Richard was arrested the following day near Invermere. He is currently serving an eight-year sentence for breaking-and-entering, assault and arson.Related The unescorted parole permits Richard to attend a 15-week program to deal with childhood trauma; he had been abused as a child and witnessed domestic abuse. His father had also dealt with substance abuse and abandoned the family.While the parole is considered unescorted, Richard will be transported between his institution and the treatment program by Correctional Service of Canada vehicles while accompanied by a staff member or treatment employee. He will be permitted to leave for up to eight hours each time, twice a week for 15 weeks.Richard must abide by specific conditions while on parole. He isn’t to contact the victims or any of their family members whether in person or by social media, and he isn’t to be in the presence of children under age email@example.com/stephanie_ip