Sentencing delayed for former gas attendant and Oshawa murderer Adam Strong

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Published May 17, 2021 at 9:16 pm

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Sentencing for Adam Strong of Oshawa, convicted of first degree murder in the death of Rori Hache and manslaughter in the death of Kandis Fitzpatrick, has been delayed yet again, this time to the end of May.

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 10, with Justice Joseph Di Luca citing the ongoing pandemic as the cause for the delay.

The Superior Court of Justice has directed courts across Ontario to defer as many matters as possible – including virtual hearings.

Sentencing will now take place on May 27 or 28 at the Provincial Courthouse in Oshawa.

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.

A first degree murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison with the chance of parole for 25 years.

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