Evicted tenant pleads guilty to killing landlord
Man sentenced to life after admitting to murder in fit of rage over eviction by andrew seymour
Man admits to deadly rage, then trying to burn the scene,
About half an hour after beating his landlord unconscious with a padlock, strangling him with a wire from a weed whacker and then setting the murder scene ablaze, Dalibor Orsag broke down in tears in front of a police officer over the death of his “friend.”
But no one other than police and firefighters yet knew that Said Kasbary was dead — except, of course, the man who killed him and was graciously offering to help police with their investigation.
On Tuesday, Orsag, 28, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, admitting he killed the 58-year-old Kasbary on Feb. 24, 2010, in a fit of rage after Kasbary tried to evict Orsag from one of his Blake Boulevard apartment buildings for failing to pay five months of rent.
Kasbary had also threatened to go to police because he discovered that Orsag had tried to defraud him of $9,000. Orsag had forged Kasbary’s signature after somehow getting his hands on some of Kasbary’s blank cheques.
After the killing, Orsag soaked the office with camping fuel and lit it on fire to cover his tracks.
Kasbary’s property manager, Diane Leblanc, and her 10-year-old son heard a window break and then watched Orsag “creeping and ducking” in front of Kasbary’s rental office before running away. Moments later, Leblanc watched in horror as the flames engulfed her boss’s office.
As she stood outside, Orsag returned and asked what was going on. He was wearing different clothes and claimed he had been sleeping when she confronted him.
He even looked on as Leblanc frantically tried to contact Kasbary.
It was inside the charred office that firefighters found Kasbary’s body, the wire used to kill him still across his neck, according to an agreed statement of facts.
Orsag later offered to help police, providing a witness statement before breaking down in tears over Kasbary’s death.
Orsag, a heavy-set man with curly hair whose voice was barely audible as he entered his plea, was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for at least 13 years.
In heart-wrenching victim impact statements, Kasbary’s wife, daughter and niece described how their lives were forever destroyed the day Orsag killed Kasbary.
A loving, caring, compassionate father and husband, he was always willing to help those in need, his daughter told the court.
That included Orsag, whom Kasbary once hired to do small jobs in exchange for a break on his rent.
“He was the kind of person who saw the good in everyone,” wrote his daughter Jennifer, who wept softly in the front row of the courtroom as her statement was read by prosecutor Julie Scott.
“It feels like someone has ripped out my heart, tore it apart and put it back to make me feel the pain and suffer,” she wrote. “What did this kind man ever do such a horrific death? Nothing.”
Scott said Orsag’s decision to kill Kasbary was motivated by anger and “stupid things” — the termination of a lease and a few thousand dollars.
She said Orsag not only killed Kasbary, but so badly burned his body afterwards that his daughter and wife couldn’t view it to say goodbye.
Orsag’s lawyer, Geraldine CastleTrudel, said her client was deeply sorry for what he had done.
“If he could turn the clock back he would,” she said.
Castle-Trudel said Orsag was born in Bosnia and witnessed atrocities during the civil war there, then moved to Canada where he watched his father viciously beat and abuse his mother when he was a child.
At the time of the killing, Orsag was suffering from a number of mental illnesses, including posttraumatic stress disorder, schizoaffective disorder and panic disorder, but none of those affected his ability to form the intent to kill Kasbary, Scott said. He also knew what he was doing was wrong, she said.
Ontario Superior Court Justice Lynn Ratushny told Orsag his actions had caused “immeasurable grief.”
“There are no excuses or justification for your terrible and violent actions,” she added, before accepting that his mental condition might offer a partial explanation for why he “impulsively and angrily decided to kill this wonderful man.”
Chris Mikula, The OTTawa CiTizen said kasbary, 58, was beaten and strangled in a fit of rage after trying to evict one of his tenants.
Dalibor orsag pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his landlord, kasbary.