Canada Ottawa triple murderer found guilty of trying to kill Second World War veteran

08:20  02 december  2017
08:20  02 december  2017 Source:   Ottawa Citizen

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A man already convicted for killing three seniors has been found guilty of attempting to kill a Second World War veteran , foiled only by his victim’s sheer determination to live. Ian Bush, 61, was found guilty on Friday at the Ottawa courthouse of attempted murder for the December 2014 attack

Not just any neighbour, but rather 101-year-old decorated Second World War veteran Ernest Côté, a random target he sorely underestimated. And on Friday, a jury — six women, six men — found Bush guilty of attempted murder , robbery, forcible confinement and gun charges for terrorizing and trying

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Ian Bush, 61, was found guilty on Friday at the Ottawa courthouse of attempted murder for the December 2014 attack on 101-year-old Second World War veteran Ernest Côté.

The guilty verdict comes six months after his May convictions for the horrific 2007 killings of retired tax judge Alban Garon, his wife, Raymonde, and their friend Marie-Claire Beniskos. The three were hog-tied, beaten and suffocated with bags over their heads following a home invasion. Enraged over a bitter tax feud, Bush targeted the retired judge. The judge’s wife and friend were killed for being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Bush’s attempt to kill Côté was also a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Bush kept two hit lists of intended targets, one of which included Côté’s neighbour.

But when Bush arrived at the home of Côté’s neighbour, nobody was there. The murderer improvised. Bush went and knocked on Côté’s New Edinburgh apartment door instead, presenting himself as a city official, with fake identification for good measure.

Bush stormed in and Côté screamed. Bush bound his hands behind his back, taped his mouth shut, then put a plastic bag over his head, tightening it around his neck with duct-tape. Before leaving his latest victim to die, he stole Côté’s credit card, but it was useless because Côté — more angry than afraid — gave his attacker a fake PIN, the jury heard.

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Ernest Côté as he appeared as a soldier in 1944 and in June 2014 when he attended the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landing at Juno Beach.

The killer had underestimated the war veteran, who managed to break free and cut a hole in the bag so he could breathe. He knew he didn’t have long because when he breathed, the bag deflated. He later told a detective: “He thought I was an old man. (That) I wouldn’t be able to do anything. I would be unconscious in no time.”

Côté has been credited in court for cracking the 2007 triple murder case because he helped police finally identify the killer. Bush’s DNA was found on the tape he used to cover the war veteran’s mouth, and that DNA matched the profile left by the killer at the Garon condo seven years earlier.

In closing arguments this week, Cavanagh told the jury that Côté not only saved his own life — through the sheer strength of desperation — but also saved a number of other unsuspecting victims named on Bush’s hit lists.

Côté was a decorated a war veteran who went on to become a high-profile public servant, serving two departments as deputy minister and later as Canada’s ambassador to Finland. Côté died in February 2015.

Bush is currently serving life in prison on the first-degree convictions in May.

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