Koopmans sentencing delayed

The sentencing hearing for convicted murderer John Koopmans was delayed pending receipt of a pre-sentencing report on July 13.

PENTICTON - Crown and defence counsel continue to work toward a date for sentencing in the John Koopmans murder trial.

A hearing to fix a date for sentencing was adjourned this morning, July 13, as both counsels await a pre-sentence report.

Defence lawyer John Skogstad told Penticton court via telephone he and Crown prosecutor Frank Dubenski were seeking a two-day opening in the court calendar for the sentencing hearing. He said a date could not be set until both counsels received the report.

Skogstad indicated a further delay would be necessary, as Dubenski was on holiday for a portion of August. The matter was adjourned to August 24 at 10 a.m.

John Ike Koopmans, 51, was convicted of second degree murder for killing Robert Keith Wharton, 43, and Rosemary Fox, 32, in March, 2013. He was also convicted of attempted murder of Bradley Martin, 50, in a verdict delivered after a jury’s deliberations on April 11, 2015.

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