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Langley killer's appeal rejected

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

A man who beat his ex-girlfriend and her male friend to death in front of neighbours at her Langley apartment on Monday had his appeal to lighten his sentence rejected.

William James McCotter was convicted in 2006 of two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Linda Anderson and John Heasman.

According to court documents, McCotter was jealous of ex-girlfriend Anderson’s relationship with Heasman and wanted to reconcile with her before he murdered her in late 2001.

Witnesses saw McCotter beating Anderson and Heasman on the sidewalk with a 2x4 board, hitting them so hard their heads “bounced” off the ground, and delivering kicks with his steel-toed boots.

In a B.C. Court of Appeal decision on Monday, the killer’s appeal to have his 20-year parole ineligibility reduced to 15 years was rejected.

“It would be fair to say that the crimes bore the hallmarks of the too frequent obsessive conduct of those who cannot accept disengagement from an intimate relationship,” John Hall wrote.

“He had a history of not co-operating with medical professionals in the past. Given his history, the prognosis for improvement could not be otherwise than bleak.”

According to the court, the murders occurred just a few weeks after a restraining order Anderson imposed against McCotter was lifted.


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