Man who raped and killed teacher says 'sorry' to her family

ST. THOMAS, Ont. -- A man who admitted to brutally killing and raping an Ontario teacher while acting out violent sexual fantasies with his girlfriend apologized to the woman's grieving family Thursday but stopped short of asking for their forgiveness.

See Full Article

Michael MacGregor, 22, turned to face Noelle Paquette's family in the St. Thomas, Ont., courtroom where he and his co-accused, Tanya Bogdanovich, were awaiting sentencing.

"I want to say sorry, I know I can't change or take back what I've done no matter how much I wish I could," he said.

"What I did was terrible and because of it Noelle is gone, when instead she should still be with you," he said.

"I'm not asking for your forgiveness -- I don't deserve it and could never hope for it."

MacGregor also apologized to his own family, saying he had let them down and planned to seek psychiatric help.

The couple pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the gruesome killing of 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, 34, 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

  • Montreal police accused of trying to silence whistleblowers

    Canada News CTV News
    Montreal chief of police Philippe Pichet is asking Quebec’s provincial officers to investigate after allegations that some members of his force fabricated evidence in order to silence whistleblowers within the force. Pichet told CTV Montreal on Wednesday that he is “very concerned about the fact that people said that we are fabricating some evidence” following a report Tuesday on the French-language station TVA. Source
  • Canadian educator in northern Quebec among finalists for Global Teacher Prize

    Canada News CTV News
    MONTREAL -- A teacher from northern Quebec is in the running for the prestigious US$1-million Global Teacher Prize. The Varkey Foundation says Maggie MacDonnell has been named a top-10 finalist for the award, which will be handed out in Dubai on March 19. Source
  • Ontario science teacher takes stand in defence of anti-vaccination allegations

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- An Ontario science teacher accused of pushing anti-vaccination views and berating a public health nurse assigned to work at his high school has taken the stand in his defence. Timothy C. Sullivan is testifying before the Ontario College of Teachers on the second day of his disciplinary hearing on allegations of professional misconduct. Source
  • 5 federal by-elections in April will be the 1st major test of Trudeau government

    Canada News CBC News
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced five byelections will be held on April 3, the first major electoral test for the Liberal government since its election more than 16 months ago. The byelections will be held in the ridings of:Saint-Laurent (Quebec). Source
  • Charge laid months after 14 dogs die in Sask. kennel of heat exhaustion

    Canada News CBC News
    A 50-year-old man has been charged with negligence after 14 dogs died of heat exhaustion at a Saskatoon dog kennel last year.Former Saskatoon kennel employee says 14 dog deaths could have been avoided'We are heartbroken,' says manager of Saskatoon kennel where 14 dogs diedAn investigation by the Saskatoon SPCA and Saskatoon Police Service found the dogs were left unattended overnight at the Playful Paws Pet Centre in September 2016. Source
  • Canadian promise to bring in Yazidis hailed by refugees

    Canada News CTV News
    DOHUK, Iraq - Canada's promise to welcome hundreds of Yazidis by the end of the year is being welcomed inside Iraq, where Yazidi women and girls have endured horrific abuse and persecution at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Source
  • Pedestrian killed by CTrain was likely distracted by cell, headphones: police

    Canada News CTV News
    Police say a man who was fatally hit by a light rail transit train Monday in Calgary was likely distracted by his cell phone and headphones at the time of the accident. The 30-year-old man was killed after being hit by a CTrain at Calgary’s Whitehorn LRT Station around 8 p.m. Source
  • Black Canadians you probably don't know, but should

    Canada News CTV News
    Most Canadians are familiar with black Canadian icons such as Harriet Tubman, who helped slaves find freedom along the Underground Railroad, or Viola Desmond, a businesswoman who publicly challenged racial segregation, but there are a number of lesser-known black Canadian entrepreneurs, business leaders and community advocates who also deserve attention for their society-shaping contributions to this country’s history. Source
  • Thousands flee, freeway shut in flooding near San Francisco

    World News CTV News
    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Rising floodwaters sent at least 14,000 residents fleeing inundated homes in San Jose, California, and forced the shutdown of a major freeway Wednesday. U.S. 101 was closed in both directions south of San Francisco because of water across lanes and officials said there was no estimate when the key commuter artery into Silicon Valley would reopen. Source
  • Trump lays out tougher approach to illegal immigration

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump the presidential candidate made no secret of his desire to crack down on illegal immigration, but once elected, he repeatedly offered varying interpretations of just how tough he would be in the White House. Source