Taxpayers pick up cost of damage to Williams' home
Published Friday, October 22, 2010 6:48AM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, May 19, 2012 3:00AM EDT
BELLEVILLE, Ont. - Ontario taxpayers footed the bill to repair the floors of convicted sex killer Col. Russell Williams' Ottawa home after police searched it for evidence.
An Ontario Provincial Police spokeswoman says if there's damage after police search a home, an owner can seek compensation.
Sgt. Kristine Rae says such a request was made for the Williams residence, and it was granted.
Rae would not confirm if it was Williams' wife, Mary-Elizabeth Harriman, who asked for the compensation, or how much money was given for the repairs.
The brother of one of Williams' murder victims, Andy Lloyd, called it ridiculous that police paid "$3,000 to fix her hardwood floors and apparently $1,400 to fix a lamp because the OPP damaged them dragging boxes of bras out of her house."
During a videotaped police interrogation, which was shown in court this week, Williams became teary-eyed as he desperately tried to protect his wife's home from a destructive police search.
Williams, during the Feb. 7 interview, stressed how attached his wife was to their new Ottawa home and even offered up the location of two hard drives hidden in the basement where he stored the evidence of his skin-crawling crimes.
Williams was sentenced to two concurrent life sentences on Thursday with no possibility of parole for 25 years for the killings of Jessica Lloyd and Marie France Comeau.
The former commander of Canada's largest military air base pleaded guilty to raping, torturing and murdering the two women, as well as to two sex assaults and 82 fetish break-ins.