Teen killer dabbled in vampire cult

May 12, 2009 (Edmonton Sun / Tony Blais) -- A young woman convicted in the golf course sex-slaying of 13-year-old Nina Courtepatte got into drugs, prostitution and a vampire cult after being badly abused as a child.

That's what emerged in court today at a youth court sentencing for the 20-year-old, nicknamed Buffy, on charges of second-degree murder and aggravated sexual assault.

According to a pre-sentence report and psychiatric assessment prepared on the city woman, who cannot be identified because she was 16 at the time of Courtepatte's April 3, 2005, killing, Buffy grew up in a broken home and was the victim of both physical and sexual abuse.

"(She) is the product of severe neglect, as well as physical, sexual and emotional abuse," says the pre-sentence report, documenting reports of her being denied food, beaten with a belt and a brush, kicked and made to lick urine off of a carpet after peeing herself.

It is also alleged that she was sexually abused by one of her mother's boyfriends or male acquaintances when she was between two and three years old.

According to the reports, at about age 15 she was using crack cocaine and crystal methamphetamine and ended up leaving school and living on the street, where she sometimes sold herself for food, shelter, drugs and books.

She also became involved in strange behaviours "associated with vampire culture," say the reports, reporting her stating she had at one point "sharpened her teeth with a file" in order to "bite herself."

In the psychiatric assessment, Buffy explained she had been involved in "group activities of biting each other, collecting blood in a cup and then drinking it" and said she would like to continue to have some sort of involvement with her interest in vampires.

Regarding her part in the slaying, the woman says it left her feeling extremely sad and "sick," however she advises she "simply got caught up in everything" and was scared that if she didn't do what she was told to do by her co-accused, she "would be next."

According to the psychiatric assessment, the woman suffers from an antisocial personality disorder, a borderline personality disorder and polysubstance abuse.

She was also found to present a moderate to high risk of future violent recidivism.

The week-long sentencing hearing is to decide whether the woman will be sentenced as a youth or as an adult.

She was found guilty in July of being a party to second-degree murder and aggravated sexual assault.

Court has heard Courtepatte was raped twice and viciously beaten to death with a wrench and a sledgehammer after being targeted as the "chosen one" and lured from West Edmonton Mall to a golf course west of the city.

"In the killing frenzy that occurred after the sexual assaults, the accused joined in with her knife," said Court of Queen's Bench Justice Adam Germain.

"She became a joint participant," he said.

The judge found that when co-accused Joseph Laboucan and Michael Williams started their attacks on the screaming Courtepatte, Buffy helped the pair by putting her foot on the girl's stomach to hold her down.

At another point, Buffy held Courtepatte's hand and offered comforting words so she wouldn't scream.

Laboucan and Williams both violated Courtepatte and then began beating her with hammers -- blunt force wounds that would eventually kill her.

Buffy then stabbed at Courtepatte's throat with a throwing knife she had with her.

Laboucan, 23, was convicted of first-degree murder in the slaying, but a new trial was ordered after appeal.

Michael Briscoe, 38 was acquitted of all charges, however a new trial was ordered after a Crown appeal.

Both of those cases are now before the Supreme Court.

Michael "Pyro" Williams, 21, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in youth court and was sentenced to life in prison.

Stephanie Bird was sentenced to 12 years in prison after being convicted of manslaughter, aggravated sexual assault and kidnapping for her role in the killing.

 

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