About 100 people carrying protest signs packed a Surrey courtroom on Monday morning. They were there to see the man accused of killing 10-year-old Heather Thomas make his first court appearance. Shane Ertmoed, 23, is charged with abduction and first degree murder.
The protesters are demanding a national registry for known sex offenders and the return of the death penalty.
Looking as though he'd been crying, Ertmoed was only in the court for about 30 seconds, while lawyers waived the normal charge reading. The judge remanded the man in custody until his next court appearance on November 22.
Ertmoed had lived in the same Cloverdale apartment building as Heather's father. He had moved to Langley at the end of October.
Heather went missing in Cloverdale on October 1. Her body was found three weeks later in Alouette Lake. The RCMP say they started watching Ertmoed a few days after recovering Heather's body.