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A BC woman convicted in 2012 for the bizarre killing of a family dog and cat has been rearrested for breaching the conditions of her probation.
25-year-old Kayla Bourque has been charged with three counts of violating probation after police discovered that she was "possessing a device capable of accessing the Internet, accessing the Internet and accessing social networking sites." Due to fear relating to public safety, Bourque's stringent probation conditions banned her from any contact with children or internet use.
A former psychology and criminology student at Vancouver's Simon Fraser University, Bourque was originally arrested after a teaching assistant informed campus security about her violent fantasies. These included her reportedly tellling a fellow student that she wished to learn to "get away with murder." A search of her room turned up a mask, a knife, a syringe, and a video of her torturing and killing the dog and cat belonging to her family in Prince George, British Columbia.
Police later found that Bourque had posted profiles on several goth sites listing her fascination with necrophilia and erotophonophilia (erotic preference for killing). Despite public safety concerns, she only received nine months in prison and three years of probation. Following her release in early 2013, police issued a rare public alert due to concerns over a potential escalation of her violent history. The public notice issued by the B.C. Ministry of Justice stated that Bourque "has an escalating criminal history. She has offended violently against both people and animals and is considered high risk to reoffend."
Described as an "affectionless psychopath" by one psychiatrist, Bourque has been diagnosed as a sexual sadist with antisocial personality disorder who has expressed no remorse for her actions. Having spent her first eight months in a Romanian orphanage, she has admitted to having violent fantasies from an early age. She also confessed to injuring other children at school and summer camp.
While she was in her teens, she wrote a violent story as a class assignment and told counselors that she was thinking of killing someone at school. After being admitted to a psychiatric ward, she later encouraged two others to help her strangle a 12-year-old patient. Charged with attempted murder, she received two years of probation though one psychiatrist argued that she would require supervision for the rest of her life.
Her 2012 conviction led to a nine-month jail sentence (with two months taken off for time served) and three years of probation. This included over forty conditions including a lifetime ban against owning animals. Though she appealed many of these conditions, the original probation order still remains.
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