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Kayla Bourque, animal killer, in court for breach of probation

03/27/2015 03:53 EDT | Updated 05/27/2015 05:59 EDT
Convicted animal killer Kayla Bourque appeared in court in Vancouver Friday after being arrested for allegedly breaching the conditions of her probation surrounding her use of the internet.

Bourque — in her first public appearance since December 2013 — wore a green prison sweatsuit with her hair pulled back into a ponytail. Bourque will remain in custody until a bail hearing set for April 1, the court heard.

Though Bourque was only sentenced to two months in 2013 for unlawfully killing cats, the judge made 46 conditions of probation to be kept over three years.

According to court documents, Bourque was arrested after allegedly accessing social networking sites and possessing a computer or device capable of accessing the internet. Under the terms of her probation, Bourque is only allowed to access the internet to look for work.

The offences are alleged to have occurred between March 10 and 16 this year.

Bourque, now 25, was convicted in November 2012 of causing unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to animals, wilfully and without lawful excuse killing animals, and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose. She also faced child pornography charges that were stayed.

The former SFU criminology student had admitted to taking delight in killing animals and fantasizing about shooting homeless people. Several psychologists who interviewed Bourque found she showed no remorse or insight into her crimes.

In January 2013, B.C.'s Ministry of Justice confirmed Bourque was released on probation after serving just over seven months in custody.

"Bourque has an escalating criminal history," said the public notification issued by the ministry. "She has offended violently against both people and animals and is considered high risk to reoffend."

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