Basil Borut­ski found guilty in 2015 Ot­tawa Val­ley killings

The Barrie Examiner - - NATIONAL NEWS - KRISTY KIRKUP THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

OT­TAWA — Ju­rors found Basil Borut­ski guilty on two counts of first-de­gree mur­der and one of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der Fri­day in the deaths of three women killed two years ago dur­ing an hour-long, re­venge-fu­elled ram­page across the Ot­tawa Val­ley.

The first-de­gree mur­der con­vic­tions came in the deaths of 36-yearold Anas­ta­sia Kuzyk and 48-yearold Nathalie Warmer­dam, while ju­rors con­victed Borut­ski on a lesser charge of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in the death of Carol Cul­leton, 66.

All three mur­ders took place in the space of less than an hour on Sept. 22, 2015.

Clad in a grey shirt and slacks, black Croc san­dals and leg chains, Borut­ski, 60, sat ex­pres­sion­less, star­ing straight ahead, dur­ing the ver­dict, which it took 11 mem­bers of the jury some 14 hours to reach. When it was over, he was ush­ered out of the prisoner’s box by police.

A sen­tenc­ing hear­ing has been sched­uled for Dec. 5 in Pem­broke, Ont.

Prior to the mur­ders, Borut­ski — who de­fended him­self at trial but barely said a word dur­ing the pro­ceed­ings, which lasted nearly two months — had twice spent time in jail after two of the women ac­cused him of as­sault and ut­ter­ing threats.

In a video­taped in­ter­view that was played at trial, Borut­ski ex­pressed a de­gree of re­morse for his ac­tions, which he said were fu­elled by rage at what he con­sid­ered to be the lies and be­tray­als of his vic­tims.

In the video, he de­scribed how he was act­ing like a “zom­bie” on the day in ques­tion, say­ing he’d orig­i­nally planned to take his own life, but de­cided against it be­cause he be­lieves it’s wrong to take an in­no­cent life.

“I killed them be­cause they were not in­no­cent,” ju­rors heard Borut­ski say when a video record­ing of his con­fes­sion was played in open court.

“They were guilty. I was in­no­cent. I’ve done noth­ing wrong.”

In his open­ing state­ment, Crown at­tor­ney Jef­fery Richardson told the jury the trial was not a case of “who­dunit.”

“The ev­i­dence is over­whelm­ing that Basil Borut­ski mur­dered Carol, Anas­ta­sia and Nathalie,” Richardson said. Borut­ski even told police the mur­ders were “his kind of jus­tice,” he added.

“Jus­tice where women pay the ul­ti­mate price for us­ing what Borut­ski says is a cor­rupt jus­tice sys­tem against him,” Richardson said. “He thought about it be­fore he did it, and then he ex­e­cuted his plan per­fectly.”

JUSTIN TANG/THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Basil Borut­ski (rear) leaves in a police ve­hi­cle after appearing at the court­house in Pem­broke, Ont. on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 23, 2015. Brout­ski was found guilty on Fri­day on two counts of first-de­gree mur­der and one of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in the deaths of three Ot­tawa Val­ley women in 2015.

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