11 a.m., Feb. 21)
Orléans man formally charged with 2007 triple homicide
By Fred Sherwin
suspect Ian Bush arrives for a court appearance
in an unmarked police car on Friday. Photo
Mike Carroccetto/Ottawa Citizen
Bush, 59, of Orléans has been formally charged
with three counts of first degree murder in connection
with th2007 slayings of retired judge Alban Garon, his
wife Raymonde and their neighbour, Marie-Claire Beniskos,
all in their 70s.
was arrested immediately following a scheduled court appearance
on Friday morning where he was deemed fit to stand trial
in connection with the violent home invasion of World
War II veteran Ernest Coté in December.
already faces a variety of charges in connection with
that case including attempted murder, robbery with violence,
forcible confinement, and break and enter. He has also
been charged with 11 firearm infractions in connection
with a sawed off semi-automatic rifle and a pump action
shotgun police seized from his Valade Crescent home.
was arrested in connection with the December home invasion
after police received an annymous tip. During a brief
court appearance he was ordered to undergo a psychiatric
assessment. The results of that assessment were presented
in court on Friday establishing that Bush has no mental
health issues that would support a not-criminally-responsible
informed the Ottawa Citizen earlier this week that
DNA found at the scene of the home invasion matched samples
collected at the 2007 crime scene, providing them with
the breakthrough they needed to charge Bush.
Citizen has obtained documents that link Bush,
who was involved in a tax dispute six years before the
triple murder, with Garon. Apparenty, Bush sent a fax
to Garon requesting that he appear before a fake court
in his Orléans home. The fax was ignored and placed
in Bush's file.
news that Bush would be charged in connection with the
triple murder first came to light this week, Bush's lawyer,
Geraldine Castle-Trudel, said that her client absolutely,
vehemently denies any involvement whatsoever with the
judge, his wife and the neighbour".
moved to Orléans with his wife and thee children
in 2000. They originally lived in a home on Boake Street
in South Fallingbrook before moving into a modest townhome
on Valade Crescent in 2007 previously owned by his mother.
couple's three children are now grown and they have a
grandchild. Neighbours have described Bush as "wonderfull"
and "chatty". His older brother says that he
is a doting father and grandfather.
been as surprised and shocked over the past few days as
we were when the original charges were laid in December
against my brother, Norm Bush told the Globe
and Mail on Friday. "Our primary concern is with
the wife and children."
Bush also had a penchant for expressing his opinion, on
social media. He was a prolific Twitter user, posting
more than 4,700 tweets on the site the majority of which
expressed his abhorance with Liberals, and more specifically
Justin Trudeau, the World Bank, and Beyoncé.
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