Accused killer of Armstrong teen makes court appearance

Slain Armstrong teen Taylor van Diest's friends and family got their first view of her accused killer during a brief court proceeding.

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

Matthew Stephen Foerster, who is charged with van Diest’s 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, 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.

Friends and family had found the 18-year-old on Halloween night 2011, beaten by the railroad tracks that go through the small North Okanagan town.

She later died in hospital of head injuries.

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.

Van Diest’s family left the courthouse without comment.

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