Alleged Okanagan killer makes court appearance

Matthew Stephen Foerster will be looking to have at least one of his high profile trials moved away from Kelowna in the days ahead.

Matthew Stephen Foerster will be looking to have at least one of his high profile trials moved away from Kelowna in the days ahead.

The Cherryville man who is accused of a slate of crimes, including the Halloween 2011 murder of Armstrong teenager Taylor Van Diest, appeared in a Kelowna courtroom for the first time in months to deal with scheduling for upcoming appearances.

Thinner, seemingly healthier and with shorter hair than when he was apprehended by police in Collingwood Ont. last April, Foerster stood straight in the prisoner’s dock as upcoming court appearances were laid out for him.

Foerster was told he’d be dealing with a bail hearing and an application to change the venue of his trials for a Cherryville and Kelowna matter,  at the top of next month.

In Kelowna, Foerster allegedly attacked  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.

He’s also 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.

The trial to deal with the Van Diest murder  is being dealt with separately and will return to court Oct. 9.

Van Diest was walking on Halloween night when she sent a text saying,  “I’m being creeped.”

The 18-year-old was attacked near an unlit section of railway tracks and later died in hospital of head injuries.

A massive police hunt yielded the whereabouts of Forster several months later.

At that time, his father Stephen Roy Foerster was charged with obstruction and being an accessory to murder.

Kelowna Capital News