Central Frontenac man accused of murder appears in court

Sebastian Johnston in a Facebook photo dated April 2018. The accused man still has the same facial tattoos but now has a beard. Screen captured image.

A Central Frontenac man accused of murder appeared in Kingston bail court this afternoon, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023.

Sebastian Johnston, 29, made his appearance in Justice of the Peace Jack Chiang’s bail court via video from the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ontario, where he is currently incarcerated. Johnston stands accused of the first-degree murder of Kevin Camilleri of Sharbot Lake.

Dressed in an orange coverall, Johnston appeared unfazed by being brought before Justice Chiang. Johnston has two face tattoos: based on video images, one tattoo appeared to be a crown under his left eye, while another smaller one on his right cheekbone was indiscernible. He has a full, brown beard.

T. Zhang appeared via video on behalf of Jeffrey Langevin of Langevin Law in Ottawa to explain that their team had attempted to schedule an access to defence call with Johnston; however, “the line did not go through,” meaning they had not been able to speak with their client. Therefore, the team asked the Justice for a two-week adjournment to Thursday, Dec. 21, 2023, to allow time to make contact with Johnston and schedule a “CPT” (Crown Pre-Trial) meeting with Crown lawyers.

Chiang ordered the adjournment and told Johnston to reappear on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2023.

Kevin Camilleri had last been seen on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023, in the Sharbot Lake area. Following an investigation which began on November 16 after Camilleri was reported missing, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) announced its Criminal Investigations Branch had been called in to assist in the investigation on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2023.

In a news release on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, the OPP said that Johnston had been arrested and charged with first-degree murder. Then, on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023, the OPP released an updated statement confirming that members of the OPP’s Frontenac Detachment Crime Unit, with the assistance of the OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT), had located Kevin Camilleri’s body.

This is an ongoing story; Kingstonist will provide updated coverage as more information becomes available.

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