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Robert Leeming, charged in Calgary double homicide, appears in court

Accused in Calgary mother-daughter homicide makes first court appearance
WATCH: The man accused of killing Jasmine Lovett and her daughter Aliyah Sanderson made his first court appearance Tuesday. Nancy Hixt reports.

The man charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of a Calgary woman and her young daughter made a brief court appearance Tuesday morning.

Robert Andrew Leeming, 34, appeared in court via CCTV from the Calgary Remand Centre.

READ MORE: Robert Leeming charged with second-degree murders of Jasmine Lovett, Aliyah Sanderson

Defence lawyer Lisa Burgis Der, who is co-counsel with her husband Balfour Der, said it’s too soon to say if they will seek bail for their client.

WATCH: Tue, May 7: Calgary police confirmed Tuesday that the bodies found Monday morning are those of Jasmine Lovett and Aliyah Sanderson. As Michael King reports, Robert Leeming is now charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

Charges laid in double homicide of Calgary mom and daughter
Charges laid in double homicide of Calgary mom and daughter

Burgis Der said Leeming is currently being held in 23-hour a day lockup at the Calgary Remand Centre.

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“He’s learning the ins-and-outs of how one maneuvers within the remand centre in segregation,” Burgis Der said. “Given the nature of his [alleged] crimes, he’s kept away from other people and given very limited privileges.”

Burgis Der also said Lemming is receiving ongoing support from his family as he deals with the court process.

Leeming is charged in the deaths of Jasmine Lovett, 25, and her 22-month-old daughter Aliyah Sanderson, who were found dead in the Grizzly Creek area of Kananaskis Country west of Calgary on May 6.

Jasmine Lovett and her daughter Aliyah Sanderson are shown in an undated police handout photo.
Jasmine Lovett and her daughter Aliyah Sanderson are shown in an undated police handout photo. Credit: Calgary Police Service

Police said the last time the two were seen alive was on April 16. Their family reported them missing a week later after they didn’t show up for a planned dinner.

Investigators believe Lovett and her daughter were killed sometime between April 16 and 17.

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READ MORE: Timeline of double homicide of missing mother Jasmine Lovett, daughter Aliyah Sanderson

Leeming, who is from the United Kingdom, previously told media outlets that Lovett and the girl lived in his Cranston home.

Robert Leeming is escorted by police to the Calgary Police Service’s arrest processing unit on Monday, May 6, 2019.
Robert Leeming is escorted by police to the Calgary Police Service’s arrest processing unit on Monday, May 6, 2019. Global News
Robert Leeming is escorted by police to the Calgary Police Service’s arrest processing unit on Monday, May 6, 2019.
Robert Leeming is escorted by police to the Calgary Police Service’s arrest processing unit on Monday, May 6, 2019. Global News
Robert Leeming is escorted by police to the Calgary Police Service’s arrest processing unit on Monday, May 6, 2019.
Robert Leeming is escorted by police to the Calgary Police Service’s arrest processing unit on Monday, May 6, 2019. Global News

In an on-camera interview with Global News before the bodies were found, Leeming said he has permanent resident status in Canada.

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If convicted, Leeming would serve out a sentence in Canada but would be deported immediately upon being granted parole.

READ MORE: Robert Leeming, charged in Calgary double homicide, would face deportation if convicted

The case was put over until May 28.

WATCH BELOW: Charges were officially laid last week against the man police suspect was involved in the deaths of Jasmine Lovett and her daughter Aliyah Sanderson. Jill Croteau reports.

Man charged in Calgary double homicide appears in court
Man charged in Calgary double homicide appears in court

— With files from Heide Person and Nancy Hixt, Global News