The continued pandemic forces one other delay within the conviction of Oshawa killer Adam Sturdy
The loved ones of two young women killed by Adam Strong will finally have a chance to tell a judge about the impact the crimes have had on them when a verdict is delivered in late May.
The two-day hearing is now scheduled for May 27th and 28th at the Oshawa Courthouse. The face-to-face session will adhere to strict protocols as the COVID-19 pandemic, which has already delayed the hearing, continues, Superior Court judge Joseph Di Luca said during an online hearing on Monday Nov.
Measures include restricting access to the courtroom where the hearing is taking place and allowing attendees to wear masks, Di Luca said. An overflow room for observers will be provided in the courthouse.
“We are facing the reality of a pandemic,” said Di Luca, “and we have to work with it.”
The 48-year-old Strong was convicted in mid-March of the first degree murder of 18-year-old Rori Hache, who went missing in the summer of 2017, and of manslaughter in the death of Kandis Fitzpatrick, 19, who was last seen in 2008 during a sole judge’s trial at In the fall of 2020, the court heard that police found Hache’s dismembered remains in a freezer in Strong’s basement apartment. Further investigation revealed DNA linked to Fitzpatrick.
Strong, who pleaded not guilty on two counts of first degree murder, did not testify. His conviction for first degree murder carries a life sentence without parole of 25 years.
When the sentencing hearing takes place, it will contain statements about the impact of the victims from the young women’s families and loved ones.
Originally slated for April, the conviction was postponed to May 10 as the Ontario pandemic remained under control. Another adjournment was ordered on May 10th.
During the May 10 Zoom session, Di Luca said he was determined to finalize the sentencing.
“This is a case that needs to be closed,” he said.