Vancouver sex offender pleads not guilty as trial opens
Martin Tremblay, a Vancouver man in his mid 40s, was charged with two counts each of criminal negligence causing death, failing to provide necessities, and obstruction of justice. (SUBMITTED)
Convicted sex offender Martin Daniel Tremblay pleaded not guilty to six charges linked to the deaths of two teen girls in B.C. Supreme Court Monday, marking the start to a scheduled month-long trial.
The Vancouver man, in his mid-40s, was charged with two counts each of criminal negligence causing death, failing to provide necessities and obstruction of justice.
The court heard how emergency officials arrived outside a Burnaby house March 2, 2010, to find teenager Kayla Lalonde clinging to life. The 16-year-old was rushed to hospital but died.
Hours later, 17-year-old Martha Jackson died in Richmond. Police said both died of mixed alcohol and drug overdoses.
The pair had reportedly been partying at Tremblay’s Richmond home the night before their deaths.
Darlene Blair, Lalonde’s great aunt, said outside court her “blood boils” at the sight of the accused.
“It hurts like hell,” she said. “I was sitting so close to him I just wanted to smack him.”
The teen’s great uncle Kelvin Bee wants a strict sentence.
“The pain we carry, it’s not just overnight, we carry it for the rest of our lives. Every time her birthday comes up, or the day she passed, I can tell you where I was.”
Tremblay faces another trial in March for seven unrelated charges, including sexual assaults and administration of noxious substances linked to three girls, ages 14-19, and obtaining sexual services for money involving a 16-year-old girl in Burnaby.
Those allegations stem from events between 2003-2007.
Police said Tremblay, a convicted sex offender and drug trafficker, was jailed on five counts of sexual assaults against young girls in 2002, but was released two years later.
He was sentenced early last year to 11 months jail on two drug charges and remains in custody.