Lloyd family suing Williams, wife
By Luke Hendry, The Intelligencer
Posted 15 hours ago
The family and estate of murder victim Jessica Lloyd are seeking $4 million in damages from her killer — former air force colonel Russell Williams — and his estranged wife.
A statement of claim by Lloyd’s mother and elder brother, Roxanne and Andy Lloyd, was filed Thursday in Belleville’s Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The document is also filed by Roxanne Lloyd as trustee of her daughter’s estate.
It names both Williams and his wife, who under a publication ban can be named only as M.E.H. Lawyers for both could not be reached Thursday for comment. No statements of defence have been filed.
Saturday marks the two-year anniversary of Williams’ abduction of Lloyd, 27, from her home just north of Belleville on Hwy. 37.
With that in mind, said Andy Lloyd, the family is hoping for the quickest resolution possible for the civil case.
“We just want to get it over and done with,” Lloyd told The Intelligencer. “We just want it in the past.”
The Lloyds are represented by Belleville lawyer Mike Pretsell.
“My office will not be providing comment to the media with respect to this matter as long as it is before the courts,” Pretsell wrote in a brief press release issued Thursday.
A copy of the statement of claim was obtained by The Intelligencer.
The Lloyds claim $1 million in damages for infliction of mental suffering, sexual assault, aggravated assault and battery.
They also make claims for $1 million each for special, aggravated and punitive damages.
Anything may be alleged in a statement of claim; its contents have not been proven in court.
The claim alleges that a March 2010 transfer by Williams to M.E.H. of assets — their Ottawa home — was fraudulent.
M.E.H. and Williams are each being sued for “transferring and/or disposing of assets” illegally, it claims.
The family and estate are suing Williams alone for the crimes against Jessica Lloyd, according to the document.
Williams was pleaded guilty in October 2010 to killing Lloyd and Cpl. Marie-France Comeau, 37, of Brighton. He also pleaded guilty to sexual attacks on two Tweed women and to a years-long series of break-ins and fetish thefts in the Ottawa, Tweed and Belleville areas.
He is now serving life in prison.
The Lloyds’ statement of claim notes Jessica “was sexually assaulted and held hostage for a period of 19 hours before her death.”
It recounts how her mother, Roxanne, received a telephone call on the morning of Jan. 29, 2010 from someone at Tri-Board Student Transportation Services, the school bus company for which Jessica worked.
The claim then details the family’s “painful, frantic search” for Jessica. Rushing to Jessica’s home, her mother found Jessica’s purse and car but no clue as to her whereabouts, according to the statement of claim.
Police, family and friends launched an extensive search.
Roxanne and Andy learned Feb. 7 from police that Jessica’s body had been found and — later — that Williams was in custody.
During Williams’ sentencing hearing, the court heard Williams had confessed that day to the murders.
The civil claim notes the Lloyds were present for the hearing “and heard excruciating details” of Jessica’s fate.
“The defendant Williams sexually, emotionally and mentally abused, assaulted and traumatized Jessica Lloyd and inflicted mental suffering upon her prior to her death,” reads the claim.
It refers to the widespread news coverage of the criminal case and how the Lloyds have had to endure repeated reminders of Jessica’s assault and death.
The Lloyds claim they have developed post-traumatic stress disorder, acute distress disorder, suicidal thoughts, substance dependency and many other conditions that have limited their “opportunity to experience a normal adult life.”
“As a consequence of the defendant Williams’ actions, the plaintiffs will require extensive therapy and medical attention,” according to the claim.
The document also makes a claim for Jessica Lloyd’s estate for the loss of income she would have earned during her life.
Andy Lloyd has said he and his mother have each returned to work full-time.
Their civil suit will be tried in Belleville. No court date has been set.
Civil cases can take years to resolve.
“It’s up to the courts,” Lloyd said Thursday. “There’s really not much I can say.”