A high-risk sex offender who admitted to killing a Princeton woman begged a B.C. Supreme Court justice Thursday to convict him of first-degree murder.
When Justice Robert Powers refused to do so, Roger Badour threatened to kill himself in jail.
Justice Powers refused to accept Badour’s first-degree murder plea, saying he questions whether the essential elements of the crime are there.
Badour, 64, appeared for a second day in a Kamloops courtroom, this time without a lawyer. He was scheduled to plead guilty this week and be sentenced to 25 years in jail without parole for killing Gisele Duckham in Princeton on Nov. 8 last year.
On Wednesday he blurted out that Duckham said she would turn him in to authorities because he was sought by police. The violent sex offender failed to report under a long-term supervision order and was on the lam. Duckham was letting him stay in a trailer on her property, according to news reports.
Badour told Powers he was guilty of killing Duckham because she threatened to turn him in.
“Before I knew it, I had the rifle already fired . . .,” he said Wednesday. “I realized she was still moving so I shot her again.”
Powers said that admission doesn’t appear to add up to first-degree murder, which requires an element of planning or to be part of a sexual offence.
“You weren’t saying it was planned and deliberate,” Powers told Badour.
Over Badour’s objections, Powers ordered him to speak with a Kamloops lawyer so he can better understand his options.
“I’d be happy to take your considered plea, your informed and considered plea. It can’t be ‘I want to get into the federal system and get rid of this.’”
On Wednesday, Badour claimed he has cancer and agreed to first-degree murder so he could get treatment in federal jail.
Badour, who is hard of hearing and had to wear headphones in court, was represented previously by a Penticton lawyer who only spoke to him via telephone since his arrest last year.
Badour told Powers he won’t speak to any lawyer and threatened to kill himself in jail.
He is scheduled to appear next in Kamloops on Feb. 4.
The duty counsel in court Thursday, Richard Kaiser, told Powers he wouldn’t be part of any first-degree murder plea after speaking to Badour for only 30 minutes or so.
“It’s the most serious matter for any citizen in our country to face,” Kaiser told Powers. “I’m not going to be part of any guilty plea.”