PUBLIC STATEMENT FROM CHIEF CHARLES BORDELEAU
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, February 7, 2013 11:29 am
We called this briefing to inform you that earlier today, the Ottawa Police Service’s (OPS) Major Crime Section charged Marc Leduc, 56 year old, of Ottawa with two counts of First Degree Murder.
The charges are related to the June 2008 homicide of Pamela Kosmack and the September 2011 homicide of Leanne Lawson.
He appeared in the Ottawa Provincial Courthouse this morning.
Ms. Kosmack, 39, was found murdered near a bicycle path in Lincoln Heights Park.
Ms. Lawson, 23, was found in a parking lot in Lowertown.
We have evidence that has led us to lay the charges against Marc Leduc in these two cases. And yes, DNA evidence has played a role in the investigation but I am not going to go any further in that discussion.
This is an ongoing investigation.
We’re not going to discuss any links between the cases. In terms of these two homicides were speaking about today, the link is the accused who has been charged with first degree murder in both cases.
Pamela and Leanne were members of this community and they were the victims of senseless homicides.
Our officers also contacted their families earlier this week to provide them with this new information.
I want to thank the investigators, crime analysts and policing partners who have continued to pursue these investigations. Their determination and hard work demonstrate this Service’s commitment to bringing justice for these women and their families.
Before I ask Staff Sgt. Rob Drummond to comment on this ongoing investigation, I want to make a few comments about the safety of women involved in the sex trade.
In December of 2011, the investigation of these cases resulted in a call from this service for women, particularly those involved in the sex trade, to be vigilant and exercise good safety practices. It also led to the reinforcement of our approach to keeping vulnerable women safe.
We have specially assigned officers that reach out to people involved in the sex trade to build trust and to let them know their safety is important to police and help is available.
At the street level, our officers and members continue to promote messages of safety and vigilance.
We also continue work with local agencies like Minwaashin Lodge and the Salvation Army to better ensure community safety.
Our message continues -- If you don’t feel safe, please reach out to us. Your safety is important to us and we can help.
PUBLIC STATEMENT FROM MAJOR CRIME STAFF SERGEANT ROB DRUMMOND
We usually don’t hold news conferences to announce charges related to investigations but we know that there is a great amount of public interest in these homicide files and want to be as open as possible about this investigation.
This is an important development in both of these two cases.
A lot of hard work has gone into both of these homicides. I would like to especially thank the Investigative Team and all the supporting sections that assisted us with these investigations.
We spoke to the families Ms. Kosmack and Ms. Lawson earlier this week to notify them of some of the activities taking place. They greeted the news with relief.
I know that the community will have a number of questions regarding this announcement.
What I can tell you is that this is an ongoing investigation. As the case is before the court, we cannot comment about the individual cases or the evidence before the court in order to protect the integrity of the investigation.
This will be a long process and it is important that we ensure all steps in the investigation are conducted properly.
We continue to investigate all our unsolved files.
If you have any other information about these homicides or any other unsolved homicides please contact the Ottawa Police Major Crime Section at 613-236-1222 ext 5493 or phone Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477(TIPS) or toll free at 1-800-222-8477.
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