Ottawa Citizen

No­table tri­als set for new year

Domestic homi­cide, po­lice abuse hear­ings will be in spot­light

- AN­DREW SEY­MOUR Crime · Sexual Abuse · Incidents · Courts · Violence and Abuse · Society · Law · Statistics Canada · Ottawa · Barwell · Citizenship and Immigration Canada · Saint Patrick · Toronto · Gananoque · Elgin · Orléans · Ben Taylor · Michael Swan

In the decade span­ning the year 2000 to the end of 2009, there were 738 spousal homi­cides in Canada, ac­cord­ing to Statis­tics Canada.

One of those killings was Ot­tawa woman Donna Jones.

A fed­eral pub­lic ser­vant de­scribed by friends as a vi­va­cious, cheer­ful woman, the 33-year-old was found dead in her Bar­well Av­enue home in De­cem­ber 2009.

And in 2013, her hus­band will go on trial.

Mark Peter Hutt, 36, is ex­pected to plead not guilty to sec­ond-de­gree mur­der. At the time of his ar­rest, po­lice sus­pected Jones was tor­tured, burned with scald­ing water and had old in­juries con­sis­tent with re­peated abuse.

A publi­ca­tion ban pre­vents the hor­ri­fy­ing de­tails that were pre­sented in court dur­ing a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing from be­ing re­ported, but the case is among the most high­pro­file cases on the court docket for 2013.

Ot­tawa’s head Crown at­tor­ney, Vikki Bair, will pros­e­cute Hutt her­self when the trial starts May 6.

Hutt’s mur­der trial will fol­low that of an­other al­leged domestic killer, Tam­rat Ge­bere.

Ge­bere, 47, a pub­lic ser­vant who worked for Cit­i­zen­ship and Im­mi­gra­tion Canada, is ac­cused of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in the June 2010 slay­ing of Aster Kassa. Kassa was stabbed to death in a River­side apart­ment af­ter she left Ge­bere with the cou­ple’s 18-month-old daugh­ter. The cou­ple had been sep­a­rated for a short time be­fore the killing.

Ge­bere’s jury trial be­gins Jan. 14.


High-pro­file al­le­ga­tions of po­lice abuse will also be on the court docket in 2013.

The sex­ual as­sault trial of an Ot­tawa po­lice sergeant ac­cused of cut­ting off the shirt and bra of a pris­oner re­sumes af­ter a nearly three month hia­tus.

Sgt. Steve Desjourdy was the of­fi­cer in charge of the Ot­tawa po­lice El­gin St. sta­tion cell­block on Sept. 6, 2008 when the woman was brought in for pub­lic in­tox­i­ca­tion.

The woman re­sisted a po­lice search and kicked a spe­cial con­sta­ble. A pros­e­cu­tor al­leged Desjourdy was try­ing to hu­mil­i­ate and pun­ish the woman for in­jur­ing a col­league when he snipped off her clothes. Desjourdy said in writ­ten re­ports he was try­ing to pro­tect her from hang­ing her­self.

The trial may hear from Desjourdy him­self when the trial re­sumes Jan. 2.

Two other Ot­tawa po­lice con­sta­bles will stand trial for as­sault in May. Con­sta­bles Thahn Tran and Colin Bowie are ac­cused of beat­ing a home­less man dur­ing an ar­rest in Sandy Hill. Charges against the man they ar­rested, Hugh Styres, were later with­drawn.

The al­leged get­away driver in the deadly shoot­ing of a 16-year-old on Booth Street will stand trial for manslaugh­ter start­ing on Jan. 21. Ab­dul­hamid We­hbe, 22, was orig­i­nally charged with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in the Dec. 6, 2010 killing of Yaz­dan Ghi­as­vand Ghi­asi. Ghi­asi was shot in the heart in We­hbe’s car, al­legedly over a bag of drugs. An ar­rest war­rant is still out­stand­ing for the al­leged shooter, Mo­hamed We­hbe.

The sec­ond-de­gree mur­der trial of the man ac­cused in the stab­bing of 22-year-old Scott Le­doux at a 2011 St. Pa­trick’s Day party in Or­léans is set to be­gin Feb. 4. Ben Tay­lor, 20, stands ac­cused of stab­bing Le­doux dur­ing a fight at an apart­ment on Cousineau Street. Le­doux wore a lep­rechaun hat, a green beaded neck­lace and a smile as he posed for a pic­ture hours be­fore his death, sur­rounded by three friends at the party.

Three men ac­cused in the shoot­ing death of a teenager in a Moodie Drive home are ex­pected to stand trial in Septem­ber. Dy­lan Bar­nett, 20, Kristo­pher McLel­lan, 22, and Kyle Mullen, 21, are ac­cused of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in the Feb. 22, 2010, killing of Michael Swan. Swan, 19, was shot once in the back dur­ing what ap­peared to be a home in­va­sion. The three Toronto men ac­cused of killing him were ar­rested within hours as they drove down High­way 401 near Gananoque.

A man ac­cused of run­ning down a cy­clist while al­legedly driv­ing drunk is ex­pected to stand trial in Septem­ber. Glen Carkner, 45, struck cy­clist Nathan An­der­son on Car­ling Av­enue in Fe­bru­ary. The crash oc­curred af­ter Carkner was al­legedly de­nied ser­vice at the Hamp­ton Park Plaza LCBO. Po­lice of­fi­cers who were pre­par­ing to pur­sue the ve­hi­cle wit­nessed the col­li­sion with the cy­clist, who was wear­ing a hel­met.

An im­mi­gra­tion man­ager found guilty of abus­ing her po­si­tion by ac­cept­ing cash or gifts to help fast track ap­pli­ca­tions is ex­pected to learn her fate some­time in the new year. A sen­tenc­ing date for Diane Serre is ex­pected to be set on Jan. 4.

 ?? MIKE CARROCCETT­O/OT­TAWA CIT­I­ZEN ?? The sex as­sault trial of Sgt. Steve Desjourdy is set to re­sume Jan. 2.
MIKE CARROCCETT­O/OT­TAWA CIT­I­ZEN The sex as­sault trial of Sgt. Steve Desjourdy is set to re­sume Jan. 2.

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