Serial sex-killer Russell Williams has settled two of several multimillion-dollar lawsuits launched by victims of the disgraced former army colonel, according to a report.
Maclean’s magazine reports that the confidential out-of-court financial deal involving both Williams and his ex-wife were reached with Williams’ first sexual-assault victim — identified only as a Jane Doe — and the mother and brother of Jessica Lloyd.
Lloyd was kidnapped from her Belleville, Ont, home and murdered in Williams’ cottage in nearby Tweed.
Jane Doe had been seeking $2.45 million while the Roxanne and Andy Lloyd were seeking $4 million. The lawsuits went after Williams for the “brutal” and “vicious” nature of his actions, and targeted his wife Mary Elizabeth Harriman for allegedly trying to shield the couple’s assets from civil action.
An agreement signed shortly after Williams was charged shifted the couple’s assets to his wife’s name.
The magazine quotes a prepared statement from the victims’ lawyer Michael Pretsell stating that the agreement requires that the financial terms remain confidential.
Williams was sentenced to life in prison four years ago for the vicious murders of Cpl. Marie-France Comeau and Jessica Lloyd, two sexual assaults and dozens of fetish break-ins. The former commander of Canadian Forces Base Trenton was stripped of his military rank.
Williams and his ex-wife are still facing other civil suits. Laurie Massicotte, a former neighbour who was bound, stripped and sexually assaulted by Williams, has filed a lawsuit totalling more than $7 million against the convicted killer, his ex-wife and the Ontario Provincial Police.
- With files from Wendy Gillis