Mexican officials are proposing stiffer laws for crimes committed against tourists in the wake of a brutal attack on a Calgary woman in January and other incidents.
The proposal, known as Matthew Law, would see all penalties for crimes against visitors to Sinaloa State doubled, according to Mexican news outlet Noroeste.
Sinaloa includes the City of Mazatlan, where 37-year-old Calgarian Sheila Nabb was found in a pool of her own blood inside a hotel elevator. An area resident, 38-year-old Jose Ramon Acosta Quintero, has been arrested and charged in the incident.
“There’s not doubt that cast a dark light over us,” Rodolfo Lopez-Negrete, who heads the Mexican Tourism Board, told Metro Wednesday. “It (the attack) is part of the reason the (Sinaloa) governor is bringing forward these changes.”
Family members indicated every bone in Nabb’s face was broken during the attack. She has returned to Calgary to recover.