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De Patie killer violates parole, again Darnell Pratt misses curfew, remains at large by M o n i s h a M a r t i n s staff reporter

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Marjorie Lovatt and her sister Joyce spent the wars years on touring Europe, singing for soldiers.

Sisters serenaded the troops S tor y by Monisha Mar tins

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he letter dated Nov. 19, 1942 reads:

Dear Miss Lovatt: Please send us measurements for both of you at once. • Size of shoes (Roomy) • Measurements of waist, hips and bust ... Marjorie Lovatt fingers it carefully. The letter from ‘Big’ Bill Campbell is yellowed, dogged-

eared, creased with deep folds, kept carefully amongst everything else she’s saved. Sent a few weeks after the allies invaded northwest Africa, the missive from a booking agent in

London was Lovatt’s ticket to stardom. “You had to do six weeks of war service work. Everybody had to,” says Lovatt, who was tasked with driving a milk delivery truck. “Milk delivery was very important.” Known as “the Canadian milk girl” to her customers in Derby, England, Lovatt reluctantly drove her route even after she had a close encounter with a German bomb. The letter from London meant the singer and her sister Joyce, 17,

had been hired by Campbell for a variety show destined to tour and play throughout Europe. For Lovatt, then 19, it was a dream come true, and a way out of rainy, dreary England, and those weeks of compulsory war service. “We really thought we’d hit the big time,” she says. To wiggle out of her milk route, Lovatt sought a doctor and related, weeping softly, how the bomb that dropped a few metres from her had made it impossible for her to drive a truck. See Serenade, p5

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The young man who dragged a Maple Ridge gas station attendant to his death six years ago has violated parole again, this time just two days after being released from prison. Darnell Darcy Pratt was released from a federal penitentiary on Thursday, but failed to return to the Victoria halfway house he was staying at Saturday night. It’s the second time in a year Pratt has violated parole conditions. Pratt was first granted statutory release in June Pratt 2010 and violated curfew just two days after he was paroled to a Kamloops halfway house. Doug De Patie, whose 24-year-old son Grant was killed by Pratt in 2005, did not expect Pratt to last long outside prison. “He is not ready for the outside world,” said De Patie, who was informed that Pratt missed his 8 p.m. curfew Saturday. “He is making a mockery of the parole system. He is not showing any remorse. He is not showing any respect for the loss of Grant.” A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for Pratt’s arrest and Victoria Police are warning the public not to approach him because he is “considered violent.” He has several tattoos, including “Taken No Orders” and “Run tha Hood” inked on his left forearm. A Facebook profile for “Darnell Pratt” activated the day he was paroled includes a photograph of him with a cigarette in his mouth, and holding a vodka cooler. See Pratt, p11

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