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Notorious Killer Requests New Trial Seven Years After Conviction

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Mar20,2024

Notorious killer requests retrial seven years after death s his conviction

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Ian Bush, during his trial for the murders of ex-judge Alban Garon, of his wife Raymonde and their friend Marie-Claire Beniskos. (Archive photo)


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Seven years after being convicted of a triple murder, one of Ottawa's most notorious killers, Ian Bush, is appealing his conviction. He calls for new trials. His lawyers presented their arguments before a panel of judges at the Ontario Court of Appeal in Toronto.

Earlier this month , his lawyers contested the convictions for two days and requested new trials for the triple murder and the attempted murder.

In court filings, a lawyer for Ian Bush said judges made errors during his client's trials, including allowing evidence suggesting the defendant was planning further murders, as well as in the manner in which the juror was instructed.

Howard L. Krongold argued that the conviction for the triple murder should be subject to x27;an appeal for two reasons. He argued that there was a risk of prejudice to the jury by allowing evidence to suggest that Mr. Bush had a murder bag prepared to commit similar crimes.

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His lawyer also argued that the trial judge, Colin McKinnon, was wrong directed the jury in its instructions on finding first degree murder for each of the deaths in 2017.

Then, in the attempted murder case, Howard L. Krongold added that there was an error in the way evidence similar to a chilling, cold-blooded triple murder was presented.

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From left to right: Ian Bush's three victims: Raymonde Garon, Alban Garon and Marie-Claire Beniskos. (File photo)

In response to this, Crown prosecutors assured, in court documents, that no legal error had been committed during these two trials, that the jury had been properly instructed and that the evidence had been lawfully obtained and used.

Prosecutors say Ian Bush's convictions were entirely justified due to the seriousness of the crimes and Mr. Bush's extremely high degree of moral culpability.

In the triple murder trial, the prosecution recalled that it took the jury less than two hours to reach a unanimous verdict.

This conclusion was overwhelmingly established by the fact that three victims were murdered while locked up, a basis for liability that remains undisputed in this appeal.

The Ontario Court of Appeal could take a few months to decide whether the appeal will be accepted or rejected.

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Ian Bush, then aged 59, during his trial in 2017. (Archive photo)

Ian Bush was convicted in May 2017 of crimes still memorable to many Ottawa residents because of their brutality and his targets: former tax judge Alban Garon, his wife, Raymonde, and their friend Marie-Claire Beniskos. The trio were killed on June 30, 2007.

The killings were described as brutal and wanton in which his victims were tied up and suffocated with plastic bags.

A few months later, a second trial for attempted murder against a veteran ended with another guilty verdict.

The police had time before getting his hands on Ian Bush. This happened six years after the events when he entered the veteran's apartment in December 2014 and placed a plastic bag over his head.

The victim, Ernest Côté, 101 years old, survived. He ultimately died in February 2015 of natural causes. Described as a hero and an old-school gentleman at his funeral, Mr. Côté participated in planning the Normandy landings during the Second World War.

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Veteran Ernest Côté died in February 2015, of natural causes, a few months after being the victim of an assassination attempt. (File photo)

Police found evidence of ties and plastic bags used in both crimes during their investigation into Ian Bush.

A jury's verdict in his trial for the triple murder included three automatic life sentences to be served concurrently. The attempted murder of Mr. Côté earned him another life sentence, with no possibility of parole for 25 years.

With information fromDavid Fraser,CBCNews< em>

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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