Monday, October 5, 2009

"Caretaker" sentenced to life for torture death of mentally disabled woman

Last Updated: 3rd October 2009, 3:34am

BARRIE, Ont. -- In calm voice, a brave mother whose daughter was brutally murdered with a blowtorch stood at the front of the courtroom yesterday and said she is afraid that she will be eaten alive by her pain.

"My daughter would have forgiven with her great big heart, but I am not Katlin and forgiveness is not here with me today," said Deborah Laramay. Then turning to face the man in the prisoner's box, she told him how she lives each day with the haunting memories.

"Not only is my daughter gone, but she was taken in such a cruel, horrible way by those she thought were her friends."

She was speaking to Paul Bradey, 45, who sat without emotion as he looked back at her. Yesterday he was sentenced to life in prison with no parole for 25 years for torturing Katlin Cousineau to death with a blowtorch in the basement of his home on Nov. 13, 2007.

Throughout the trial the jury, who showed up for the sentencing yesterday, never heard any explanation as to why the 23-year-old mentally handicapped woman was routinely beaten and abused when she lived at Bradey's Midland, Ont., home with three other adults.

One witness who admitted to participating in handcuffing and beating Katlin testified it was a "possessed" house and told how he poured gasoline over her dead and tortured body in the form of a pentacle before he set her and the entire house on fire to destroy the evidence.

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