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High-risk sex offender charged with murder

Nov 20 2011

Nearly a year after police in Victoria issued a public warning about 63-year-old Roger Badour, the high-risk sex offender has been charged in connection with the recent shooting death of a woman near Princeton.

Badour was charged with first-degree murder following the death of 56-year-old Gisele Duckham, who died from gunshot wounds on Nov. 8, at her home in the southern B.C. town, about 280 kilometres east of Vancouver.

According to police, an officer stopped Badour for a traffic violation in Penticton on Nov. 8. At first, Badour gave the officer a false name, RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said in a statement.

Badour's evasiveness made the officer suspicious, which led to a vehicle search that uncovered three guns, two of which were loaded, police said. The officer also found a small amount of marijuana.

Badour eventually gave his real name, which revealed an outstanding Canada-wide warrant for breaching conditions of an ongoing supervised release from prison. Badour was taken into custody.

The next day in Princeton, police discovered Duckham's body in her home. An autopsy confirmed she died from gunshot wounds.

"In this case, the actions of the officer making the traffic stop and the attention paid to Badour by the lodging officer certainly contributed to the results of the investigation into Gisele Duckham's death," Moskaluk said in the statement.

The arrest comes nearly a year after police in Victoria issued a public warning for Badour.

In January - after serving a seven-year sentence for sexual assault - Badour went missing, sparking a public plea for help to locate the man who was on a supervision order active until 2018, and known to be in Victoria.

Victoria police warned the public that Badour could be dangerous, and had a long criminal history, including convictions for sexual assault with a weapon, forcible confinement and uttering death threats in Penticton, Vancouver and Ontario.

He is known to target adult women who live alone, befriending those he believes are vulnerable.

The Times Colonist reported that Badour was spotted in downtown Victoria on April 29 but was not apprehended.

Badour appeared in court Nov. 16 and remains in custody awaiting another court appearance on Nov. 23.

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