Police investigate shortly after noon Dec. 10

Murder trials set in pair of 2014 deaths

Trial dates have been set in two high-profile Surrey murder cases

Trial dates have been set in two high-profile Surrey murder cases – but those wanting resolution to either case still have at least a year to wait.

Teagan BatstoneProceedings against South Surrey mother Lisa Batstone – charged with killing her eight-year-old daughter in December 2014 – have been scheduled for June 5-30 of next year in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster.

Later that year, Raymond Caissie – charged with killing 17-year-old Serena Vermeersch in September 2014 – is to be tried, beginning Nov. 6, 2017. Those proceedings are scheduled to continue until Dec. 8.

Both trials were set earlier this month, during a June 9 appearance at the New Westminster courthouse, and won’t get underway until more than two years after the crimes were committed.

Batstone was arrested Dec. 10, 2014 and charged with second-degree murder following the discovery of the body of her daughter Teagan, a Grade 3 student at Rosemary Heights Elementary, in the back of a car in cul-de-sac just south of Crescent Road.

In January 2015, she was found fit to stand trial.

Serena VermeerschCaissie was ordered last February to stand trial, following a preliminary inquiry. His arrest in connection with Vermeersch’s death – her body was discovered near 146 Street and 66 Avenue in Surrey a day after she was reported missing –  sparked outrage, as he had been released from prison in 2013 after serving a 22-year sentence for a violent sexual assault and robbery in Abbotsford in 1991.

At the time of Caissie’s release, the B.C. Corrections Branch issued a warning to the public that he planned to live in Surrey and was considered at high risk to re-offend.

Just Posted

Charges dropped against officer who shot and killed Hudson Brooks in South Surrey

Stay of proceedings entered for Const. Elizabeth Cucheran in connection with 2015 shooting death

Police, volunteers to deliver South Surrey students’ road-safety messages

Elementary designs aim to remind drivers to slow down, pay attention on the road

Celebration of life set for Ray Gemmill

Veteran horseman passed away July 31

Rowers to vie for Head of the Nicomekl crown

More than 200 rowers expected for annual South Surrey regatta

Police watchdog investigating after pedestrian struck and killed in Surrey

IIO investigating after male killed in crash shortly after being released from police custody

‘It’s almost surreal’: B.C. fire chief, sidekick Sammy recap rescue mission in Bahamas

Chief Larry Watkinson and Sam the disaster dog spent 8 days assisting a search and rescue team

Break out the tiki torches: Open fires allowed again in B.C.’s coastal region

All open fires allowed effective at noon on Sept. 18

Rainbow crosswalk coming to Chilliwack school district parking lot

Fractious debate at school board meeting ends with 4-3 vote

Vaping-related illness confirmed in Ontario believed to be first in Canada

Middlesex-London Health Unit had no further details about the case — believed to be the first confirmed in Canada

Canadian stars Virtue, Moir say in video they’re ‘stepping away’ from ice dancing

The pair thank fans for their support in an emotional message

Kamloops high school evacuated after receiving threat

Police have not released any further details into what the threat includes

Woman held at gunpoint during carjacking in UBC parkade

University RCMP say the vehicle is still missing, and two suspects are at large

VIDEO: Angry B.C. cyclist starts shaming dangerous drivers online

‘You motorists deserve all your costs and misery’

‘Time to take action:’ Children advocates call for national youth suicide strategy

Council wants Ottawa to make reporting of suicides and attempted suicides mandatory for data collection

Most Read

l -->