Trial for man charged with kidnapping daughter from ‘religious cult’ to start in October
ReligionNewsBlog.com • Wednesday January 21, 2009
Case involves the Dominion Christian Centre
Dr. Renato Brun Del Re, 54, a family physician, was charged with kidnapping and forcible confinement after his daughter was abducted on Dec. 21, 2005.
Provincial court records show he’s scheduled to go to trial on Oct. 13. The trial is expected to last four weeks.
If convicted, Brun Del Re could face life in prison.
Brun Del Re appeared in court on numerous occasions after being committed to stand trial last summer, but the case was repeatedly adjourned due to legal delays.
He’ll be back in court April 23 for a pre-trial motion.
Giancarlo Brun Del Re, the woman’s brother, is also charged with kidnapping and forcible confinement in connection with the case.
Lucie Brun Del Re, 55, the woman’s mother, and family friends Alan and Theresa Honner are charged with forcible confinement.
No trial dates have been set for them.
All five were ordered to stand trial following a preliminary hearing last summer. Evidence given at that hearing is under a publication ban.
Brun Del Re’s daughter is a member of the Dominion Christian Church in Hamilton. Her father alleges the church is a religious cult and that his daughter has been brainwashed.
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