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Accused Sharbot Lake murderer makes brief appearance in bail 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.

Sebastian Johnston made a video appearance in Justice of the Peace Ruth Campbell’s Kingston bail court on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 23, 2024.

The 24-year-old accused murderer, who is being held at Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ontario, was sullen and mumbled a few words during the video appearance. He sported a long black beard and was wearing a black durag on his head, an addition to his wardrobe since his last appearance.

Johnston’s lawyer, Jeff Langevin, explained that the Crown attorney’s office had not yet provided any “meaningful disclosure” of the evidence, and said that the Crown “is leaning on the police to get that done” in a timely manner.

Langevin then addressed the Crown, asking when he could expect the disclosure.

The Crown on duty indicated that computer records showed the police had been “targeting the first wave to be today” but that it had not yet appeared for her. She noted that it would  be available “maybe today or hopefully soon.”

Langevin asked the Crown when she would like to return with an update, and she indicated Friday, Jan. 26, 2024. Langevin complained that this was not enough time and, that because it is a homicide charge, he would need more time to get it together.

Justice Campbell pointed out firmly that Langevin had asked the Crown her opinion, not the other way around; she then asked when he would like to return.

Langevin and the Crown settled on a return date at the end of the month for an update appearance to talk about the next steps in Johnston’s case.

Johnston is accused of the first-degree murder of 59-year-old Kevin Saviour Camilleri.

Camilleri had last been seen on November 9, 2023, in the Sharbot Lake area, and was reported missing on November 16. Members of the Frontenac Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment arrested and charged Johnston with the murder on Friday, Dec.1, 2023. At that time Camilleri’s body had not been found. 

Then, on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023, the OPP released a statement confirming that members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Frontenac County Detachment Crime Unit, with the assistance of the OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT), had located Camilleri’s body.

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