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Sarah Nickerson (53) - Jan 8, 2012 - MURDER
« on: March 06, 2012, 12:47:12 PM »

Sooke man charged with murder remains in custody
By Erin McCracken - Victoria News
Published: January 12, 2012 3:00 PM
Updated: January 12, 2012 3:44 PM

The man accused of the second-degree murder of a 53-year-old Sooke woman is now working his way through the legal system.

Alex Conte, 21, appeared via video conferencing in a Victoria courtroom Thursday morning from the Vancouver Island Regional Correction Centre in Saanich.

A publication ban enacted at the start of the court proceedings protects much of what was discussed before provincial court Judge Susan Wishart.

Wishart scheduled Conte to appear by video conferencing at the Wester Communities Courthouse in Colwood on Jan. 19 at 10:30 a.m.

In the meantime the Sooke man will be assessed by a forensic psychiatrist "to see whether he is grounded in reality to retain and instruct counsel," Conte's defence lawyer, Bill Heflin, told the *****News outside the courtroom.

Wearing a dark-coloured vest-like garment, Conte sat through the proceedings on a bench. His bare arms were constrained behind his back while faced the camera.

The accused's dark blonde hair was mussed, and facial hair covered his jawline.

Conte spoke only a few words when answering questions posed by his lawyer.

Sooke RCMP officers responded to a 911 call for help that came in on Sunday (Jan. 8th) at 3:30 p.m. from a home in the Park Village community of Sooke, at 2615 Otter Point Rd.

Upon their arrival, investigators found a woman's body. Conte was arrested at the scene.

Investigators remain tight-lipped about the case, though have said the victim and accused were known to each other. The nature of their relationship is being kept under wraps.

Police have said the accused is known to them.

The victim's identity is not being disclosed until after an autopsy is completed, said Cpl. Annie Linteau, media relations officer with the RCMP's Vancouver-based E Division.

The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit is leading the investigation, with support from the Sooke RCMP detachment.

Forensic identification specialists wrapped up their work at the crime scene by Thursday morning, Linteau said, adding that police have since vacated the premises.

Conte, who attended Edward Milne Community School, is known for his skateboarding abilities as a teen.

This is the first homocide of 2012 on the Island.

-with files from Pirjo Raits

Autopsy scheduled for 53-year-old woman found dead in Sooke

By Cindy E Harnett, Victoria Times Colonist
January 10, 2012

Second psychiatric test ordered for Sooke man accused of murder
By Staff Writer - Goldstream News Gazette
Published: February 24, 2012 9:00 AM
Updated: February 24, 2012 9:51 AM
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Re: Sarah Nickerson (53) - Jan 8, 2012 - MURDER
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2012, 04:46:02 PM »

Evaluation complete, son will stand trial

By Louise Dickson, Times Colonist
March 23, 2012

Conte found fit to stand trial
Published: March 25, 2012 3:00 PM
Updated: March 25, 2012 3:13 PM

Alex Conte, will stand trial for the alleged murder of his mother Sarah Nickerson.

Conte was charged with second degree murder after he was arrested on Jan. 8 at his mother's home at a mobile home park on Otter Point Road. Police had been called to the scene where they found his mother's body.

The second determination of his ability to stand trial was read in Western Communities provincial court on March 22.

Conte, 21-years-old, was found marginally fit to stand trial on Feb. 16 and Judge Evan Blake ordered the second assessment to determine whether the was suffering from a mental disorder at the time of the murder. He was assessed at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Port Coquitlam.

Conte will appear in B.C. Supreme Court on April 16. Conte appeared in court on the previous two occasions via video conferencing, with some his family in the court room. He first appeared in court on Jan. 12 where the judge ordered the first assessment to ascertain whether Conte was fit to stand trial.


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Re: Sarah Nickerson (53) - Jan 8, 2012 - MURDER
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2012, 11:10:48 PM »

Sarah Daley (Sally) NICKERSON

NICKERSON, Sarah (Sally) Daley September 2nd, 1953 to January 8th, 2012 In loving memory of our Mother, Grandmother, Daughter, Sister and Friend. Psalms 23. The lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

A service will be held at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 1692 Murray Rd. on Saturday, January 21st, at 3 o'clock. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Sooke Crisis Centre. Letters and cards of condolence to the families may be sent c/o Holy Trinity Church, Box 519, Sooke, B.C. V9Z 1H5. 646669

 Published in Victoria Times-Colonist on January 14, 2012


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Re: Sarah Nickerson (53) - Jan 8, 2012 - MURDER
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2012, 07:04:36 AM »
This is so hearbreaking.  The very thought that some one could be possibly kill their own Mother.  Though it is often been said we harm the ones we love the most.  It is sad for the poor Mother, and for the suriving other children.  But it is also sad for this young man who indeed did kill his mother, as he killed the very one that took care of him.  Depending just how sick this young man is, either way he will have to live with the fact that he killed his mother.  For me that would be worse than any punishment that could be metered out.  But then again there are evil persons in the world so who knows.  Just heart breaking all the way around.