Penticton & South Okanagan News
Guilty plea rejected in murder case
A judge has refused to accept a guilty plea from the man accused of killing a Princeton woman in 2011.
During a December court appearance in Kamloops, Roger Badour indicated he was entering a guilty plea because he would then be able to receive the medical treatment he needed, according to Neil MacKenzie, spokesman for the Crown.
Crown counsel on the case then took the position it was not appropriate for the accused to enter such a plea if it's not free and voluntary, said MacKenzie.
The judge was in agreement and did not accept the plea.
Badour, 64, is facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of Gisele Duckham, 56.
During prior Penticton court appearances, he asked to be moved from the North Fraser Pretrial Centre where he claimed he feared for his life.
At his preliminary inquiry in September, 2012, he was moved from the centre, where he claimed a guard stomped on his leg and another inmate offered him a shank for protection, to Penticton cells.
His lawyer James Pennington, said at the time he would be moved to the Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre.
Badour, a high-risk sex offender with a history of preying on vulnerable women, was arrested Nov. 8, 2011 in Penticton for a traffic violation.
After giving RCMP officers a false name, they searched his car and found three firearms, two of them loaded, and a small amount of marijuana.
When it was discovered he had an outstanding Canada-wide warrant, officers went to Duckham's home on Osprey Lake Road the following day.
She was found dead on the premises.
Badour's case was adjourned to Feb. 4 to fix a date.
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