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VIDEO: Stephenville citizens rally to protest return to town of convicted murderer

Nicole Lucas, left, with red makeup representing a mask and Tracy McIsaac, wearing the same type of makeup and a black hand painted on her face over her mouth, representing how some women are silenced by men, took part in the peaceful rally in Stephenville on Friday evening to protest Robert Hilroy Legge, the man who murdered Ann Lucas 16 years ago, returning to Stephenville. FRANK GALE/ THE WESTERN STAR
Nicole Lucas, left, with red makeup representing a mask and Tracy McIsaac, wearing the same type of makeup and a black hand painted on her face over her mouth, representing how some women are silenced by men, took part in the peaceful rally in Stephenville on Friday evening to protest Robert Hilroy Legge, the man who murdered Ann Lucas 16 years ago, returning to Stephenville. FRANK GALE/ THE WESTERN STAR - Frank Gale
STEPHENVILLE, N.L. —

Tracy McIsaac, a niece of murder victim Ann Lucas, said citizens made it clear Friday evening that the community doesn’t want her aunt’s killer back in Stephenville.

McIsaac told The Western Star she was overwhelmed by the turnout. About 300 people who took part in a rally and march to protest the return of Robert Hilroy Legge to the community.


Close to 300 people participated in a march in Stephenville on Friday evening, Oct. 4, to protest Robert Hilroy Legge, the man who murdered Ann Lucas 16 years ago, returning to Stephenville. FRANK GALE/ THE WESTERN STAR
Close to 300 people participated in a march in Stephenville on Friday evening, Oct. 4, to protest Robert Hilroy Legge, the man who murdered Ann Lucas 16 years ago, returning to Stephenville. FRANK GALE/ THE WESTERN STAR

Justice Richard LeBlanc sentenced then-66-year-old Legge in 2005 to life imprisonment with no parole eligibility for 18 years from the date of his arrest, shortly after the murder in 2003.

"While his physical capabilities may lessen with older age, his ability to cause death or harm by other means will remain a realistic and potential possibility," LeBlanc said at the time.

Women and men, dressed in red, took part in the peaceful protest organized by the Bay St. George Women’s Centre in conjunction with the Newfoundland Aboriginal Women’s Network.

“I’m hoping this will make a big difference. If this doesn’t, what will?” McIsaac said.


Brenda Sheppard holds a sign in support of the Lucas family at a peaceful rally in Stephenville on Friday evening to protest Robert Hilroy Legge, the man who murdered Ann Lucas 16 years ago, returning to Stephenville. FRANK GALE/ THE WESTERN STAR
Brenda Sheppard holds a sign in support of the Lucas family at a peaceful rally in Stephenville on Friday evening to protest Robert Hilroy Legge, the man who murdered Ann Lucas 16 years ago, returning to Stephenville. FRANK GALE/ THE WESTERN STAR

Speaking on behalf of the family, she said the community is clearly objecting to the placement of Legge in Stephenville for probation at West Bridge House, a co-ed community residential center for adult offenders, and after.

McIsaac said the family appreciated everyone coming out and showing their support.



“I really didn’t think it would be this big a crowd, but this has to be a clear indicator to the Parole Board that Robert Hilroy Legge is not wanted here,” she said.

McIsaac said they want to keep the community safe.

“He broke the condition of a restraining order and killed my aunt, so why won’t he break the conditions of parole?” she said.

Brenda Sheppard, one of the people in attendance at the rally, said she was there to support of the family and their objective to keep Legge away.

During the rally, names were collected on a petition circulated by Janice Kennedy of the Women’s Centre.


Amanda Russell, left, signs a petition circulated at Friday night's rally by Janice Kennedy, right, executive director of the Bay St. George Women’s Centre. Rally participants were protesting the return to Stephenville of Robert Hilroy Legge, the man who murdered Ann Lucas 16 years ago. FRANK GALE/ THE WESTERN STAR
Amanda Russell, left, signs a petition circulated at Friday night's rally by Janice Kennedy, right, executive director of the Bay St. George Women’s Centre. Rally participants were protesting the return to Stephenville of Robert Hilroy Legge, the man who murdered Ann Lucas 16 years ago. FRANK GALE/ THE WESTERN STAR

Kennedy said she will be bringing it to the board responsible for West Bridge House and demanding that Legge not be permitted to serve his parole there.

frank.gale@thewesternstar.com


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