Bank Street arsonist Robert Gill, involved in a fatal crash in 2019 while on parole, has been released from prison


Gill, 44, has now been granted statutory release under strict conditions.

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The last time Robert Patrick Gill, the Bank Street arsonist, was released from prison, he violated his parole conditions and was involved in a fatal accident.

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Gill, 44, has now been granted statutory release under strict conditions.

His last parole, in 2019, turned to death.

The crash on May 10 claimed the life of Eileen Young, 80, who was just seconds away from home as she drove back from a friend’s house down the road.

North Bay police announced five months later that the investigation into the drunk driving accident was complete and no charges would be laid. So Gill was cleared in death.

Young may have been 80, but she was full of spirit and life, her son-in-law Dan Seguin said in 2019. She was the star of the party at family gatherings and looked 25 years younger than your average 80 years. Grandmother.

She raised three children and worked at Walmart after her husband died.

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“She was a wonderful woman,” her daughter Rhonda Seguin told this newspaper in 2019.

They said we will miss Eileen dearly, and obviously there is a lot to miss.

Described by her daughter as a 'wonderful woman', Eileen Young, 80, of North Bay, died in a car crash on Highway 63. Photo provided
Described by her daughter as a ‘wonderful woman’, Eileen Young, 80, of North Bay, died in a car crash on Highway 63. Photo provided Sun Media

It was 9:50 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2019, and Eileen Young was just 20 seconds from home when her car collided with another on Highway 63 just outside the city limits of North Bay.

Gill, living in a halfway house, was on parole that prohibited him from drinking or leaving city limits.

According to his parole records, Gill, then 42, broke both of these rules.

“Unfortunately, your breach of conditions contributed to your involvement in a motor vehicle accident which resulted in the death of an individual,” the parole board noted.

Police took a breath sample from him more than two hours after the fatal accident and, according to parole records, Gill’s test was “recorded impaired”.

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Gill was taken to hospital and treated for his injuries after the accident.

He was released from the hospital the next day and because he was illegally at large there was a warrant for his arrest. He checked into a hotel and was arrested three days later and sent back to jail.

His parole was revoked because he was suspected of drinking and being at large.

The Ontario Provincial Police decided not to lay charges in the fatal crash following a lab report.

The Bank Street arsonist who sparked fear of terrorism after torching the offices of a US defense contracting agency and the Bangladesh High Commission in 2008, and who was sentenced to 11 years in 2008 for arson and dozens of break and enters, was given plenty of chances by the prison system and the parole board. He was granted parole in 2014, but it was revoked in 2016 after he violated his release conditions. But the parole board, citing model behavior in prison, gave him another chance and released him on parole in 2018.

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Gill stayed out of trouble until March 18, 2019, when he drank a bottle of cheap wine before returning to the North Bay halfway house. He tested positive for alcohol and was arrested. The halfway house has withdrawn its support, which normally means the parolee returns to prison. But in this case, Gill met with a parole officer and explained his drinking, saying his ex-wife was causing him stress and he was upset about how much he had lost, according to his documents. of parole.

The parole officer decided that Gill posed a manageable risk to society and gave him a pass, sparing him a return to prison and instead giving him another chance at the North Bay halfway house.

Two months later, on May 10, 2019, and still on parole, Gill resumed drinking, according to his parole file, and drove outside the city limits on Highway 63, entering collision with Eileen Young’s car.

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