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Borutski assessment needs more time: Crown

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 until a fitness assessment can be completed, a Pembroke court heard Thursday.

 

Basil Borutski made a brief appearance in the Ontario Court of Justice where he learned he will remain in custody until the Royal Ottawa Hospital can finish an assessment to determine if he is fit to stand trial. The case has been adjourned until April 5.

Wearing a grey coat, a dishevelled -looking Borutski was brought into the court room to listen to instructions from Justice Robert Selkirk. Crown attorney Jeff Richardson informed the court that physicians at the Royal Ottawa requested another seven days to complete their assessment on the 58-year-old accused.

Selkirk agreed to the extension and then asked Borutski, who still has not retained a lawyer, if he had any comment to make. Appearing to slightly lean against the wall, Borutski quietly shook his head.

Borutski is charged with three counts of first degree murder in the Sept. 22, 2015 killings of three women.

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

Borutski has been held in custody at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre since his arrest in a farmer's field in Kinburn near Ottawa.

SChase@postmedia.com