artist's drawing of alleged serial killer Robert Pickton was done
Jan. 11, 2002, in court at Port Coquitlam, B.C., during an
appearance to complete details for his preliminary hearing. He is
charged with 15 murders of missing Vancouver women, dating back to
Preliminary hearing for Robert Pickton adjourned
B.C. farmer facing 15 murder charges in disappearance of women
COQUITLAM, B.C. (CP) — More than three months after it began, the
preliminary hearing for Canada's worst accused serial killer adjourned today
until June 30.
The Crown and defence lawyers for Robert (Willy) Pickton agreed on the
adjournment and said the hearing would resume in June for about three weeks.
The hearing began Jan. 13 before provincial court Judge David Stone.
Pickton, 53, is facing 15 charges of first-degree murder in connection
with a long list of women who have disappeared from Vancouver's seedy
Downtown Eastside in the last two decades.
The preliminary hearing is to determine whether there is sufficient
evidence to proceed to trial, which would be held in B.C. Supreme Court and
not likely begin for at least a year.
The hearing was held in one of the largest courtrooms in this Vancouver
suburb's provincial court.
Despite the notoriety of the case, the hearing rarely attracted large
crowds, and there were many days when only a handful of reporters and
members of the public watched the proceedings.
Some relatives of the victims occasionally attended but for the most part
The case was ignited by a massive police raid on Pickton's farm on Feb.
6, 2002. Pickton was charged with the first two of the 15 murders Feb. 22,
He is charged with the murders of Sereena Abotsway, Mona Wilson, Diane
Rock, Jacqueline McDonell, Heather Bottomley, Andrea Joesbury, Brenda Wolfe,
Jennifer Furminger, Helen Hallmark, Patricia Johnson, Georgina Papin,
Heather Chinnock, Tanya Holyk, Sherry Irving and Inga Hall.
The 15 were among at total that eventually rose to 61 women from the
Downtown Eastside — mostly drug-addicted prostitutes — who disappeared from
the poverty-stricken neighbourhood.
The hearing is being conducted under a sweeping publication ban that
forbids not only publication of the evidence but also any comments or
submissions regarding evidence.