Man pleads guilty to murdering Belgian hitchhiker in B.C.
Sean McKenzie to be sentenced Nov. 19 for 2nd-degree murder of Amelie Sakkalis
The man charged with killing a Belgian tourist in B.C. has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
Sean McKenzie, 27, was arrested in September 2018 and charged with the first-degree murder of Amelie Sakkalis, 28.
Sakkalis was found dead on Aug. 22, 2018, north of Boston Bar, B.C. She had been hitchhiking from Penticton to Vancouver.
"Amelie's murder was a shock to the community and even for our seasoned investigators," said Sgt. Frank Jang of B.C.'s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.
McKenzie entered his guilty plea on Sept. 23, 2019. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 19.
The day before her body was found, Sakkalis posted a message on Facebook in French, looking for a ride.
Guilty plea in homicide of Amelie Sakkalis: 27yo Sean McKenzie has pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder in connection with the death of 28yo Belgian tourist Amelie Sakkalis. Amelie's body was found on Aug22, 2018 around 7:45pm near Hwy1 north of Boston Bar. Sentencing on Nov19th. <a href="https://t.co/3z9YNSbZ5i">pic.twitter.com/3z9YNSbZ5i</a>—@HomicideTeam