POLITICS

Wife of sex killer Russell Williams disputes claims by one of his victims

01/18/2012 05:02 EST | Updated 03/19/2012 05:12 EDT
TORONTO - The wife of convicted sex killer Russell Williams is disputing claims made against her by one of her estranged husband's surviving victims.

Victim Laurie Massicotte, who was sexually assaulted by the former colonel, has launched a $7-million lawsuit against Williams, his wife and the Ontario Provincial Police.

Massicotte alleged in her statement of claim that Williams secretly and fraudulently transferred assets to his wife in March 2010 after he was criminally charged.

"There were clearly suspicious circumstances," according to the statement dated Sept. 23, 2011.

Massicotte and her three daughters — who are also named as plaintiffs — are seeking an injunction to prevent those assets from being removed or disposed in an effort to defeat their claim.

In her statement of defence, Williams's wife denies there was "any intention to defeat the claims" of any creditors of her husband. It also states there was "nothing untoward or suspicious" about the transfer of assets.

Williams's wife is the associate executive director with a "large national organization and her stature in the community is exemplary," the document states.

She is "secure in her employment, has strong ties to the Ottawa community and there are no grounds to believe that she is going to abscond from the jurisdiction" or dispose of her assets, it reads.

The document also notes that she is seeking to seal details of her professional life, personal finances and legal affairs in the Massicotte case, which was filed in Belleville.

A publication ban has been placed by another judge in a separate matter on a wide range of details relating to Williams's wife, including her name, address and contact information, the name of her employer, her income and expenses and medical information.

The ban also covers a domestic deal the couple signed about six weeks after Williams was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of two eastern Ontario women.

Lawyers representing her had requested the ban, arguing that releasing the information to the public would cause her even greater harm than she has already experienced.

Ontario's top court has reserved its decision on whether to allow the publication ban to continue.

Williams, once a rising star in the military and commander of Canadian Forces Base Trenton, was sentenced to life in prison in October 2010 after pleading guilty to the murders of Cpl. Marie-France Comeau and Jessica Lloyd.

He was also convicted of two sexual assaults and dozens of fetish break-ins. The Canadian Forces stripped him of his rank after his conviction and, in a rare move, burned his uniform.

Another surviving victim of Williams, whose name cannot be disclosed under a publication ban, has also filed a $2.45-million suit against Williams and his wife. It makes similar claims about the transfer of assets, which Williams's wife has denied.

— With files from Allison Jones in Belleville