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Parole revoked for man who sold guns to triple killer Dellen Millard

The man who peddled guns to a notorious triple killer had his parole revoked last month for allegedly trafficking women and drugs.

Matthew Ward-Jackson sold three guns to Dellen Millard in 2012. Millard used the weapons in the murders of his father, his former lover and a complete stranger.

A judge sentenced Ward-Jackson, who was also convicted of possessing a loaded AK-47, to 11 years behind bars. He was given credit for time served and in January 2019, the Parole Board of Canada granted him day parole.

The board said in its recent decision that Ward-Jackson had improved while living in the community, finding work at a jewelry store.

"The Correctional Service of Canada was willing to support you for full parole and submitted this to the Board," the board wrote to Ward-Jackson in its decision.

But at a meeting with his parole officer on Jan 10, 2020, Ward-Jackson handed over his phone for review.

"While reviewing text messages, your (parole officer) read messages suggesting you were involved in drug trafficking," the board wrote. 

"Another text message referenced a kidnapping which you claimed was a lie you told the contact to deter the person from wanting to stay at your residence. Upon further review of your phone, your (parole officer) felt you may also be engaged in the trafficking of women, travelling outside your travel boundary and associating with negative others."

Ward-Jackson's parole was suspended and he was arrested by police, the board said.

"It is the board's opinion that you will present an undue risk to society if released on day parole," the parole board said.

Ward-Jackson's lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.

Ward-Jackson testified at Millard's murder trial for the death of his father, Wayne Millard, 71, who ran a multi-million dollar aviation company.

He said he sold Millard a .32-calibre Smith and Wesson revolver that was later found next to Wayne Millard's body in late November 2012. Wayne Millard died from a bullet shot through his left eye and into his brain.

Wayne Millard's death was initially ruled a suicide. Toronto police later charged Dellen Millard with first-degree murder and a judge convicted him on that count in 2018.

Court heard Ward-Jackson sold that gun to Millard the day before Laura Babcock, Millard's former girlfriend, vanished. A jury agreed with the Crown that Millard and his friend, Mark Smich, used that gun to kill Babcock. The pair later burned her body in Millard's mobile incinerator.

Ward-Jackson also sold Millard the gun that was used in the murder of Hamilton man Tim Bosma.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 22, 2020.

Liam Casey, The Canadian Press

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