11:30 a.m., May 31)
degree murder charges laid nine months after Blackburn
By Fred Sherwin
After a nine-month investigation police have
made an arrest in the August, 2012 drive-by
shooting of Levy Kasende (pictured). File
24-year-old Ottawa man has been arrested and charged with
first degree murder in connection with the drive-by shooting
death of Levy Kasende in Blackburn Hamlet last August.
Belleus, 24, was arrested early Thursday morning along
with four other "persons of interest". The four
were all released after being interviewed by police, leaving
Belleus as the lone suspect.
arrests and arraignment are just the latest twists in
a case that was made difficult due to the reluctance of
witnesses to come forward with any information.
only evidence the police had to work with was the calibre
of bullet that killed Kasende and a burned out 2004 Mazda
MPV that police found on Rockdale Road near Vars the night
of the murder. The vehicle was reportedly stolen and matched
the description of the minivan that was used in the shooting.
potential break in the case came in the form of a letter
that was mailed to police in March. The letter contained
information which resulted in police searching a field
near Vars for the murder weapon believed to be a .357
have not released either the contents of the letter or
any inormation in regards to who sent it. They haven't
even said whether or not the weapon was found all of which
will come out during the pre-trial.
was gunned down in the early hours of Aug. 25 outside
the Innes Road townhouse where his former girlfriend,
Sarah Labib, 21, and their daughter, Jayla-Marie, lived
at the time.
before Kasende was shot, Marisa Titus, a friend of Labib,
said he borrowed her phone and spoke with someone for
30 minutes. She didnt know who he called, but said
he appeared calm when he returned.
sources have confirmed that Kasende and the man charged
with his murder knew each other. In fact, according to
a source interviewed by the Ottawa Citizen, Kasende
shot Belleus in the shoulder on Canada Day in 2010, however,
nothing is known of the circumstances surrounding that
shooting, or whether or not Kasende faced any charges
as a result.
to the Ottawa Citizen, Belleus was arrested in
2008 along with five other people after a Macs Milk
was robbed at gunpoint. In the fall of 2010, he was arrested
at the St. Laurent Shopping Centre for trespassing and
police found he was carrying a loaded gun in a plastic
was not convicted of those charges but, at the time, police
said he was known to them. His criminal record does include
several convictions for drug possession, one related to
drug trafficking and one for resisting a public officer.
Penalties for those crimes ranged from a $30 fine to 60
days in jail.
next court appearance is scheduled for June 7 by video.
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