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Imprisoned B.C. killer suing government for losing lingerie photos of his wife
 

BY KIM BOLAN, VANCOUVER SUN JUNE 4, 2014
 

Kevin William Machell, 55, and his second wife Paula filed the lawsuit June 2 in Chilliwack Supreme Court, seeking damages from the Attorney General of Canada.

Machell is serving a life sentence after he pleaded guilty to killing his first wife and her mother in front of his young children in a Summerland motel in 1997.

In May 2013, Machell purchased a disposable camera at the Mission Institution canteen so he could take pictures during a three-day visit with his new wife, the suit says.

The normal procedure was for Machell to give the camera to prison staff at the end of the visit so the pictures could be developed and later picked up by his wife.

"The contents of the disposable camera included . . . intimate photos taken by the second plaintiff of the first plaintiff wearing only lingerie," the suit says.

When the CSC failed to contact Paula Machell after three weeks, she asked her husband to investigate. He was told the photographs hadn't developed properly.

But another prisoner later told Machell that the photos were in possession of a third prisoner, who had been released to a halfway house.

The suit says a prison official Machell confronted with the new information "admitted that, in fact, the photos had been developed and they went missing from CSC's care."

Inaccurate rumours circulated among the inmates that the photos were extremely graphic, the suit claims.

"The second plaintiff was subject to many snide comments from correctional officers and other inmates in regards to the alleged graphic nature of these pictures and the moral turpitude of his wife," it says.

Machell claims the CSC recovered the photos and offered to return them as long as he signed a release.

He refused and filed the lawsuit instead.


Both Machell and his wife claim the incident "caused immeasurable stress, humiliation and anxiety, given that CSC's initial response was to fabricate a false story to cover up their negligence."

The suit says the CSC was negligent and breached the constitutional rights of both Machell and his wife.

The couple is seeking general, special and aggravated damages, as well as legal costs. The CSC has not yet filed its response.

Machell pleaded guilty in 2000 to shooting his estranged wife, Tammy Grono, 27, and her mother Cecilia Grono, 64, in front of his four-year-old son and two-year-old daughter.

Before he was sentenced to life without parole for 20 years, Machell tried to withdraw his plea. He later lost his appeal.


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Too bad this low life can still take up precious court time.  Too bad he could get married and spend days with his wife...enough privacy that they can take x rated pics.   His mother in law is dead, his ex wife is dead and his kids are tramatized....he should be sitting alone 24/7 for his crimes.

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It would seem that this shouldn't be a "court" issue. It would appear that making "porns" on publicly-funded prison programs should be taken care of under the "disciplinary" programs, along with any actions by others to steal prison items. It would also appear that conjugal visits, in this case, should be taken away due to gross misuse of the prison program to make porn material. Perhaps future visits should be heavily monitored and supervised with emphasis on not allowing certain items (cameras) into the prison system. And, if the second wife has a problem with material distribution, then perhaps she should refrain from such unlawful activities. Are there charges for bringing in cameras and using them in such a way on prisoners?

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In May 2013, Machell purchased a disposable camera at the Mission Institution canteen so he could take pictures during a three-day visit with his new wife, the suit says.

The normal procedure was for Machell to give the camera to prison staff at the end of the visit so the pictures could be developed and later picked up by his wife.

Machell was able to purchase the camera right at the institution. With this being a three day visit of course the opportunity is there.  Sounds like there is even a "normal procedure" for developing the pictures. Not that I agree, however things like this likely go on all the time, just that we are made aware in this instance because of the lawsuit. Personally I don't think Machell should have the right to sue.

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I dunno. I don't see it as either "X-Rated" or as "pornography", but one's definition could vary greatly. Then again, unless one of us is writing from inside his current abode we can't view the shots to make a determination (not that I wish to)

As far as his complaint: there is a surefire way that gnarly photos, whatever the definition of them, will never fall into someone else's hands - DON'T TAKE THEM! End of story.

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Good point debbiec. If they can buy the item, and they get three days to enjoy with a partner and the item, then I guess it's an invitation waiting to happen. I agree, though, it isn't really a court matter - for the very reason Nish says, "DON'T TAKE THEM!" Nicely put.