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Canada 'A gratuitous and senseless murder': Ottawa man's killer granted full parole after 26 years

15:06  20 february  2020
15:06  20 february  2020 Source:   ottawacitizen.com

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a man wearing glasses and looking at the camera: Nicholas Battersby was shot through the heart on Elgin Street on March 27, 1994 by Rubens Henderson, a 16-year-old out for a joyride with his friends. Nicholas Battersby was shot through the heart on Elgin Street on March 27, 1994 by Rubens Henderson, a 16-year-old out for a joyride with his friends.

An Ottawa man who spent more than two decades in prison for a “senseless” Elgin Street murder — the drive-by shooting of British engineer Nick Battersby — has been granted full parole.

Rubens Henderson was only 16 years old when he went on a drug-and-alcohol-fuelled crime spree that reached its crescendo at the corner of Elgin and Gilmour streets on March 25, 1994.

On that mild Sunday evening, Henderson pointed a stolen rifle out the window of a stolen Jeep, levelled it in the direction of a random pedestrian, and pulled the trigger.

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Battersby , 27, an electrical engineer with a PhD from London’s Imperial College, was shot through the heart. A newly hired employee of Bell-Northern Research, Battersby was planning to attend a birthday party that night. He died face down on the sidewalk, clutching his glasses, bewildered.

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Henderson was tried as an adult, convicted of second-degree murder, and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for seven years.

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Although he first became eligible for parole in March 2001, Henderson spent more than 22 years behind bars because of serious behavioural issues, including repeated substance abuse and a stabbing.

He was granted day parole in October 2016, and has been living ever since at a halfway house in an unnamed Ontario city.

There, he completed a skills training program, secured a full-time construction job, and married a woman whom he had known as a youth. He also became involved with his local mosque, and attended psychological and addictions counselling.

Henderson told the parole board that he has rented a basement apartment where he hopes to live with his wife, and may return to school to upgrade his education.

“In reviewing your file, the board is mindful that you were sentenced to life in prison for a gratuitous and senseless murder,” a two-member parole board panel wrote in a recent decision. “You were 16 years old at the time. You are now close to 42 years old….After listening to your answers and reading your file, the board believes that you have a high level of insight into your offending and have acquired the necessary skills to avoid re-offending.”

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Henderson has been tested for drugs and alcohol during his day parole, and has not experienced any related issues, the board said, adding: “It is the board’s opinion that you will not present an undue risk to society if released, and that your release will contribute to the protection of society by facilitating your reintegration into society as a law-abiding citizen.”

In granting him full release, the parole board ordered Henderson to abstain from drugs and alcohol, and to avoid contact with known criminals.

Henderson has said that on the night of the murder he “ acted impulsively” to please his friends, and was aiming for Battersby’s buttocks when he shot him dead.

At the time, Henderson said, he harboured anger about his childhood, and suffered from low self-esteem. Born in Brazil, Henderson was placed in an orphanage and adopted by an Ottawa public servant who brought him here as an eight-year-old. But he had difficulty at school, defied authority, and fell into petty crime.

Battersby ‘s father, Charles, could not be reached for comment Wednesday. He told the Ottawa Citizen in 2014 — on the 20th anniversary of his son’s murder — that his life was turned upside down by it.

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There was a lot of promise there, ” he said of his son, “ and he could have gone in any number of directions. We just don’t know. The story stopped, didn’t it?

A gifted student, Nick Battersby loved travel, photography, classical music and fine whisky.

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