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Borutski refuses to speak to lawyer

By Sean Chase, The Daily Observer

Basil Borutski
Court sketch by Greg Banning/Postmedia Network

Basil Borutski Court sketch by Greg Banning/Postmedia Network

PEMBROKE - 

The man charged with first degree murder in the deaths of three Renfrew County women will remain in custody, a Pembroke court ruled Monday.

Basil Borutski appeared in court by a video link from the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre's maximum security wing where he learned his next court date will be Jan. 5.

Borutski is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of three Ottawa Valley women. He was arrested near Ottawa following an extensive manhunt.

On Sept. 22, the bodies of 36-year-old Anastasia Kuzyk and 48-year-old Nathalie Warmerdam were found in their homes in Wilno and Bonnechre Valley. Carol Culleton, 66, was found dead in her cottage near Barry's Bay.

Wearing an orange jail-issued jumpsuit and a fully grown beard, the 57-year-old accused stared intently at the camera with an angry demeanour showing no other emotion during the brief bail hearing which lasted less than five minutes. When Justice of the Peace Barry Moran instructed Borutski to pick up the phone so he could speak to duty counsel in private, the accused refused.

“I'm not going,” Borutski said.

Duty counsel Biagio Del Greco informed the court that Legal Aid Ontario has not committed to providing a providing Borutski with a lawyer at this time. The Ottawa-based lawyer indicated the accused is inclined not to accept a publicly-funded lawyer.

“He does not wish to have one present,” said Del Greco.

Crown attorney Jeff Richardson said his office has yet to receive disclosure, namely the evidence against the accused that has been collected by the police. He anticipated reviewing it in two weeks.

sean.chase@sunmedia.ca