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Basil Borutski makes brief court appearance

Meghan Hurley

Basil Borutski
Court sketch by Greg Banning/Postmedia Network

Basil Borutski Court sketch by Greg Banning/Postmedia Network

The man accused of killing three women across Eastern Ontario and sparking a manhunt as far as Ottawa last month made a brief appearance in Pembroke court Monday afternoon.

Basil Joseph Borutski, 57, is charged with first-degree murder in the Sept. 22 deaths of Anastasia Kuzyk, 36, Nathalie Warmerdam, 48, and Carol Culleton, 66.

A justice of the peace added 32 more names Monday to the list of people Borutski can’t communicate with, bringing the total to more than 50.

The prosecutor had proposed that Borutski’s brother, Arthur Borutski, be added to the non-communication order.

Biagio Del Greco, the duty counsel appointed to Borutski until he gets a lawyer, argued that more submissions need to made by the Crown to prove why it is beneficial to ban communication between the accused and his brother.

Borutski is scheduled to appear in court next by video from the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre on Nov. 2 at 1:15 p.m. Del Greco said he hopes Borutski will have a lawyer by his next court appearance.

At around 9 a.m. on Sept. 22, Ontario Provincial Police from the Killaloe detachment found Kuzyk shot to death in a house on Szczypior Road in the hamlet of Wilno.

Information at her house led police to a home on Foymount Road near the village of Cormac, around 26 kilometres southeast, where they found the body of Nathalie Warmerdam. She had also been shot to death.

OPP officers found Culleton dead shortly after 11 a.m. at a home on Kamaniskeg Lake Road just outside the village of Combermere, although they believe she was the first one killed.

Ottawa police arrested Borutski around 2:30 p.m. in a wooded area near Beck’s Road in Kinburn, which is about 130 kilometres southwest of Wilno.

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