Matthew Foerster selects judge-only trials

kathy michaels

Black Press

The man charged with the murder of  Armstrong teen Taylor Van Diest, has confirmed he will be skirting the scrutiny of a jury in two other criminal cases against him.

Matthew Foerster, 26, will deal with Cherryville charges of break and enter, assault and unlawful confinement stemming from a home invasion in 2004 in front of a judge alone.

Charges of sexual assault and unlawful confinement relating to a 2005 incident at Kelowna’s Garden of Eden will be tried in the same manner.

Foerster has waived his right to a preliminary hearing in both matters.

Court proceedings relating to the Armstrong teen slaying will go before a jury at a later date.

Foerster was arrested in Ontario in April, following a manhunt for Taylor Van Diest’s killer.

Van Diest, 18, was badly injured near railway tracks in Armstrong Oct. 31, 2011. She died that night in hospital of head injuries.

Family, friends and RCMP officers found the teen lying in the bushes about three metres from the tracks.

Van Diest’s family called police on Halloween night after she failed to meet a friend, as scheduled, at 7:30 p.m.

Foerster’s father, Stephen Roy Foerster, was arrested at his home in Cherryville, the same day.

The 58-year-old Cherryville resident faces charges of being an accessory in Van Diest’s murder and obstruction of justice.

  • Still with the courts, the Kelowna man charged with the 2010 murder of former North Okanagan resident Brittney Irving will be back in court later this month to fix a date for his trial.

Joelon Atish Verma will appear in court Monday to set a schedule for upcoming proceedings related to the first degree murder and robbery of Irving.

Irving, who still has family and friends in the North Okanagan, was reported missing in Kelowna April 7, 2010 after an alleged drug transaction gone awry.

The 24-year-old’s body was found a few weeks later.



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