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Victoria man tortured victims before slaying them, then bragged about it

Sep 11 2012

Prosecutors are calling for a Vancouver Island killer who tortured his victims and then bragged about it to be jailed for life, with no possibility of parole for 25 years.

"Darcy Kozak is among the worst of offenders and these murders are among the worst," prosecutor David Fitzsimmons told Kozak's sentencing hearing Monday in B.C. Supreme Court. "The Crown says there are some cases that call for a maximum sentence. This is one of them."

Kozak, a 40-year-old former Victoria man, pleaded guilty last month to two counts of second-degree murder and one count of manslaughter. A burly man with a shaved head and goatee, he expressed no emotion as Fitzsimmons read a lengthy agreed statement of facts into the court record.

Members of the Robinson and Leask families cried and gasped as the disturbing details of Kozak's crimes were revealed for the first time.

The document details the torture and murders of Kenneth Robinson, a 45-year-old disabled man who lived on the streets of Nanaimo, and Kenneth Leask, 44, of Powell River, whom Kozak befriended in prison. It also describes Kozak's involvement in the death of Luc Rene Dulude, 40, another friend from the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre.

Robinson was killed in May 2007. His body was found under a tarp near Shawnigan Lake. Dulude and Leask were killed in Campbell River in the fall of 2008. Dulude's body was found in an old bakery on a waterfront property in Campbell River belonging to Kozak's girlfriend. He had been shot through the abdomen. Leask's body has never been found. Police believe his body was dumped in the ocean off Campbell River, weighed down by a five-gallon bucket filled with cement.

Before the sentencing hearing began, Leask's brother Roddy stared Kozak down, shouted, then left the courtroom to talk with one of the investigators.

Fitzsimmons is asking for a sentence of 10 to 12 years for Dulude's death. Kozak will be sentenced to life in prison for the murders. The issue Justice James Williams must decide is how long Kozak must spend in prison before he is eligible for parole.

Fitzsimmons described the crimes as "serial" in nature.

Both Robinson and Leask were tortured over a period of days as a result of a minor slight, he said, although neither man posed a risk to Kozak.

"They suffered for no discernible reason," said Fitzsimmons. "These are the worst kind of murders, when the intention is to inflict suffering."

Kozak, who attended Edward Milne Community School from 1985 to 1989, was arrested in December 2009 after an RCMP undercover operation. The court heard that Kozak became good friends with the undercover operator, who was posing as a crime boss, and asked to be employed in a violent capacity as an enforcer for a criminal organization.

When he told the officer about torturing Robinson, Kozak chuckled: "I kind of had a good time. I enjoyed it."

Court also heard that Kozak told a friend: "I should have been a mother-----ing Nazi."


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