February 17, 2015 2:33 pm
Updated: February 17, 2015 6:58 pm

Link to 2007 homicide turning current robbery investigation into ‘witch hunt,’ lawyer says


WATCH: The same man accused of a home invasion of a WWII veteran is suspected of a much more brutal crime that has gone unsolved for almost eight years. Vassy Kapelos reports.

OTTAWA — A lawyer for a man facing charges in the robbery of a 101-year-old war veteran says a leak linking her client with an Ottawa triple homicide turns the case into a witch hunt and a media circus.

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Several media outlets, using unidentified sources, say Ian Bush, 59, is being investigated in the 2007 slayings of three people. The Ottawa Citizen says Bush is expected to be arrested on Friday in the homicides.

The reports link Bush to the deaths of retired tax court judge Alban Garon, his wife, Raymonde, and their neighbour, Marie-Claire Beniskos, who were found dead in the Garon’s Ottawa home.

Bush is charged with attempted murder, robbery with violence, forcible confinement, and break and enter in a home-invasion robbery in Ottawa last December.

Bush’s lawyer, Geraldine Castle-Trudel says Bush is at the Royal Ottawa Hospital in Ottawa undergoing a psychiatric assessment and she’s heard nothing about additional charges.

Ottawa police say they are not commenting on the reports, but Castle-Trudel said Monday she’s concerned with who leaked the information.

© 2015 The Canadian Press

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