A UK man faces deportation from Canada if found guilty following charges laid against him for the murder of a Calgary mum and her daughter.
On Tuesday, May 7, official charges for the murder of 25-year-old mum – Jasmine Lovett and her 22-month-old daughter – Aliyah Sanderson was laid against 34-year-old Robert Leeming.
Leeming, a non-Canadian citizen, is a permanent resident of Canada after entering the country in 2013 to marry a Canadian woman. He will be deported to the United Kingdom if convicted of the murder charges since he is not yet a citizen of the country.
Police found the bodies of Aliyah and Lovett on Monday in a heavily wooded area in Kananaskis Country after being declared missing for about three weeks. The evening of the same day, Leeming was arrested, and the Calgary police confirmed on Wednesday that the search in Kananaskis had officially ended.
Though the causes of death have not been revealed, a police officer – Martin Schiavetta said the murders were motivated by domestic-related matters between the two adults who were romantically involved.
According to court records, Leeming was described as an emotionally abusive person by his ex-wife when their marriage ended about a year. She said he destroyed her emotionally during their, and she had to end the relationship for the fear of her life and that of their young son.
Kelly Sundberg, a criminologist, said deportation will still be inevitable in the event of Leeming getting a lesser sentence like manslaughter. He said in any case, with an offense of this gravity, Leeming will go into immigration or CBSA custody instead of going into parole or probation.
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