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(Posted 11 a.m., Feb. 21)
Orléans man formally charged with 2007 triple homicide
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Murder suspect Ian Bush arrives for a court appearance in an unmarked police car on Friday. Photo Mike Carroccetto/Ottawa Citizen

Ian 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.

Bush 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.

He 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.

Bush 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 finding.

Investigators 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.

The 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.

When 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".

Bush 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.

The 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.

"We’ve 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."

But 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 BeyoncÚ.

For a complete biography of Ian Bush including a timeline visit http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/what-we-know-about-ian-bush.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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