Foerster makes brief appearance in court

Proceedings will resume Thursday in Kelowna court room

  • Oct. 11, 2012 2:00 p.m.

KATHY MICHAELS

Black Press

Friends and family of slain Armstrong teen Taylor van Diest’ got their first view of her accused killer during a brief court proceeding.

Matthew Stephen Foerster, who is charged with van Diest’s Oct. 31, 2011 murder, appeared in court Wednesday for the lead up to a bail application for three charges he’s facing.

Vancouver based defence lawyer Don Morrison has also said that when the proceeding unfolds Thursday (today), Foerster will be waiving his right to a preliminary inquiry on the murder charge, and making an application to hold the trial outside of Kamloops or Kelowna during that appearance.

Foerster, 26, was arrested in Collingwood Ont. five months after the death of van Diest.

The other two charges are from more than five years ago.

Foerster is accused of attacking a sex-trade worker at the Garden of Eden Escort Agency in Kelowna in April 2005. From that he faces charges of  sexual assault with a weapon and confinement.

Additionally, he’s charged in connection with a home invasion in Cherryville in late 2004. In that case, Foerster is accused of wearing a mask when he broke into a 19-year-old woman’s bedroom as she slept. He’s charged with assault causing bodily harm and unlawful confinement.

He’s elected to have a jury-free trial for those matters.