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Probation officer assigned to Borutski testifies in court

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A probation officer testified during the trial of Basil Borutski that he did not attend  a single court-ordered partner abuse training program session.

Borutski faces charges of first-degree murder in the deaths of Carol Culleton, Anastasia Kuzyk, and Nathalie Warmerdam in September 2015.

Probation Officer Caroline Royer had been assigned to Borutski after he was put on probation for assaulting Kuzyk.

Royer testified he suffered from anxiety, was under financial pressure, and had trouble finding housing and affording transportation.

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Royer also said that Borutski was supposed to undergo a 12-week partner abuse response program, but did not attend any of the sessions. Royer said it may have had to do with restrictions on where he was allowed to go in the county.

A letter sent to Royer, with the letters B. Borutski on it, was also admitted as evidence during the trial. The writer claims to have faced injustice and says they can’t take it anymore. An employee at the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto also testified the letter was very similar to one sent to Culleton.

The court has entered a not guilty plea on Borutski’s behalf.  A lawyer has been appointed to him to ensure he gets a fair trial.

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