Oshawa murderer Adam Strong sentenced to 25 years without parole

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Published May 28, 2021 at 9:57 pm

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Adam Strong of Oshawa was sentenced Friday to 25 years in jail for the killing and dismemberment of two women a decade apart.

He will not be eligible for parole until his sentence has been completed.

The 47-year-old Oshawa man received the life sentence for his first-degree murder conviction in the killing of Rori Hache in 2017. He also received 18 years in prison, to be served concurrently, for his manslaughter conviction in the death of Kandis Fitzpatrick in 2008.

Strong, who was working as a gas station attendant in Ajax when he was arrested in late 2017 for Hache’s murder, was found guilty in the death and dismemberment of both women March 16. Sentencing was set for April 21 but was pushed forward to May 27-28, with Justice Joseph Di Luca citing the ongoing pandemic as the cause for the delay.

DiLuca called Strong a “dangerous predator” while delivering his sentence. “You decided to feed your selfish desires and in doing so you took two vulnerable lives.”

“Your moment before us is done. From here you will go to prison. You will never be seen in public again. In time you will be forgotten.”

“You will neither be famous nor infamous, you will simply be gone.”

Family and friends grieved the loss of the pair, saying they were robbed of their future.

“You took away so many experiences from her. You took away her young life and her opportunity to know her nieces and nephews,” Fitzpatrick’s sister told Strong in a statement read in court by prosecutors.

Shanan Dionne, Hache’s mother, described her daughter as her best friend in a statement that was read by the Crown.

“I will never see Rori fall in love, graduate school, be married, have children,” she said.

Strong, who was working as a gas station attendant in Ajax when he was arrested in late 2017 for Hache’s murder, was found guilty in the death and dismemberment of both women March 16.

Hache, who was 18 and pregnant, disappeared in August 2017, while Fitzpatrick disappeared nine years earlier.

Hache’s torso was found in Lake Ontario in September 2017 and other body parts were discovered in Strong’s downtown Oshawa apartment a month later by plumbers who were trying to clear a clogged drain. Strong was charged soon after.

Fitzpatrick’s body was never found but DNA found in Strong’s basement linked him to the crime.

Di Luca ruled Strong killed Hache by repeatedly hitting her in the head with a hammer as she lay bound in his bedroom, an act that constituted first degree murder because it occurred in the course of a sexual assault.

Strong admitted in interrogation he dismembered the bodies of both women but the judge ruled there was insufficient evidence to convict him for the murder of Fitzpatrick, which is why he was found guilty of manslaughter and not first-degree murder.

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