Russell Williams's wife seeks divorce
Last Updated: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 | 9:23 AM ET
The wife of convicted killer Russell Williams intends to file for divorce but is asking an Ottawa court to keep her financial and medical records sealed, fearing the media attention the proceedings will bring.
Mary Elizabeth Harriman's lawyer, Mary Jane Binks, said her client did not want undue attention focused on what she felt was a personal matter.
Harriman would have to produce tax returns and other financial and personal information, including medical records, to go ahead with divorce proceedings.
Binks said that if the court grants the publication ban, there likely would be virtually nothing to report about the divorce proceedings.
Williams, former commander of CFB Trenton, was sentenced to two life terms in October for the first-degree murders in Ontario of Cpl. Marie-France Comeau, 38, of Brighton and Jessica Lloyd, 27, of Belleville.
The 47-year-old pleaded guilty on Oct. 18 to more than 80 crimes, including the murders, two counts each of sexual assault and forcible confinement, and 82 break-ins and attempted break-ins. He is imprisoned at Kingston Penitentiary.
Williams and Harriman married in 1991. Harriman has not spoken publicly about the case and did not appear at the sentencing hearing of her husband.
But Harriman is a co-defendant with her husband in a $2.45-million civil lawsuit launched by one of Williams's sex assault victims. The woman, identified only as Jane Doe, claims the "horrific and reprehensible" attack has left her fearful and suicidal. She is also suing Harriman, claiming Williams fraudulently transferred an Ottawa property to his wife in an effort to defeat Jane Doe's claim.
In her statement of defence, Harriman says Williams did transfer his interest in their home and other assets, but it was a "domestic contract" they executed and there was "nothing untoward or suspicious about the transfer."With files from The Canadian Press
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