Evicted ten­ant pleads guilty to killing land­lord

Man sen­tenced to life af­ter ad­mit­ting to mur­der in fit of rage over evic­tion by andrew sey­mour

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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.

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