Couple to be sentenced in St. Thomas, Ont. slaying of teacher

ST. THOMAS, Ont. -- A couple who admitted to brutally slaying and raping an Ontario teacher while acting out their violent sexual fantasies three years ago is set to be sentenced today in St.

See Full Article

Thomas, Ont.

Tanya Bogdanovich, 34, and Michael MacGregor, 22, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the gruesome killing of Noelle Paquette, a stranger they abducted on a road as she was walking home from a New Year's Eve party.

The offence carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.

An agreed statement of fact read in court Wednesday said Paquette, from Sarnia, Ont., was "merely in the wrong place at the wrong time," and though she tried to fight off her attackers, she was overwhelmed by their "violent sexually motivated desires."

Court heard Bogdanovich and MacGregor met on a social networking site for people interested in BDSM, fetishism and kink in June 2012, and over their seven-month relationship, developed increasingly savage sexual tastes.

The pair chronicled their sexual desires and activities in pictures, videos and writings and by September of that year, were discussing their fantasy of abducting and raping a teenage girl. The statement said the couple's plan fell through when their chosen target was unavailable and they decided to pick up a "random" instead.

Paquette had gone to a party with her boyfriend but stormed out after they got into a fight, court heard. She tried unsuccessfully to get a taxi and decided to walk home.

She last texted her boyfriend around 2:30 a.m., just moments before she was abducted, the statement said.

Her body was found in a woodlot on Jan. 2, 2013, less than 24 hours after she was reported missing by concerned family and friends.

An autopsy found Paquette died from the dozens of stabbing and incised wounds that perforated her heart, lungs, liver and other organs and slashed her throat.

"It was determined that she was still alive when she sustained these injuries but would have succumbed rapidly due to their severity," court heard.

Police found Bogdanovich and MacGregor by the side of the road on New Year's Day after their car broke down not far from the site of the killing.

At the time, Paquette had not been reported missing and there was no reason to suspect the couple, court heard.

Suspicion quickly turned their way once her body was found and the pair started planning their escape, only to be arrested a day later.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • 'They were flying like skittles'; 4 killed, 15 hurt after car plows through pedestrians in Melbourne

    World News Toronto Sun
    SYDNEY, Australia — One person was killed and several others were seriously injured after a car plowed into pedestrians in Australia’s second-largest city on Friday, prompting a major police operation as officials told the public to stay away from the area. Source
  • Royal Navy removes Second World War bomb from River Thames in London

    World News CTV News
    LONDON -- Britain's Royal Navy has removed a suspected Second World War bomb whose discovery in the River Thames shut down a chunk of central London. The Metropolitan Police force says that officers were called Thursday afternoon "to reports of suspected [Second World War] ordnance in the river" near the Houses of Parliament. Source
  • 4 killed, 20 injured, when car drives into crowd in Melbourne, Australia

    World News CBC News
    A man deliberately drove into pedestrians, killing four and injuring more than 20, in the centre of Australia's second largest city of Melbourne on Friday, but police said the incident was not terrorism-related. Police eventually rammed the car and shot the 26-year-old driver in the arm, before dragging him from the vehicle and arresting him. Source
  • Pilot certified 21 days before Lake Erie plane crash : NTSB

    World News CTV News
    CLEVELAND -- The pilot of a plane that crashed into Lake Erie last month received his certification to fly that type of aircraft just 21 days before the fatal crash, according to the National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report. Source
  • Activists and celebrities band together to protest Donald Trump's inauguration

    World News CTV News
    January 20, 2017 will mark a historic day in American politics and presidency. The swearing in of a new president is a memorable event unto itself. But in the case of president-elect Donald Trump, January 21 might be stealing the spotlight. Source
  • Trump warned about security of his Android phone

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON - A few hours after President-elect Donald Trump was briefed by intelligence officials about Russian meddling in the election, an Associated Press reporter called his cellphone seeking an interview. The call went to voicemail and the reporter did not leave a message. Source
  • Last chance for former Gambian president to leave on his own

    World News CBC News
    Gambia's defeated president Yahya Jammeh must cede power by noon Friday or he will be dislodged by a regional force that has already moved into the country, West African officials said. If Jammeh refuses to leave Gambia by midday the regional troops will force him out, said Marcel Alain de Souza, chairman of the West African regional bloc, ECOWAS. Source
  • Gambian leader told to cede power after lost election, or be forced out

    World News CTV News
    BANJUL, Gambia -- The leaders of Guinea and Mauritania arrived in Gambia's capital Friday in a last-ditch diplomatic effort to get defeated President Yahya Jammeh to cede power, while a regional military force was awaiting orders to act. Source
  • ISIS destroys Roman monument in Palmyra

    World News CBC News
    Islamic State group militants destroyed a landmark ancient Roman monument and parts of the theatre in Syria's historic town of Palmyra, the government and opposition monitoring groups said Friday. Maamoun Abdulkarim, the head of Syria's antiquities department, said the militants destroyed the facade of the second-century theatre along with the Tetrapylon, a cubic-shaped ancient Roman monument that sits in the middle of the colonnade road that leads to the theatre. Source
  • ISIS militants destroyed Roman theatre in Palmyra, Syria says

    World News CTV News
    BEIRUT - Islamic State group militants destroyed a landmark ancient Roman monument and parts of the theatre in Syria's historic town of Palmyra, the government and opposition monitoring groups said Friday. Maamoun Abdulkarim, the head of Syria's antiquities department, said the militants destroyed the facade of the second-century theatre along with the Tetrapylon, a cubic-shaped ancient Roman monument that sits in the middle of the colonnade road that leads to the theatre. Source