VICTORIA — Former Victoria resident Darcy William Kozak is facing three counts of first-degree murder in relation to the deaths of three men — one from Nanaimo, another from Campbell River and the third from Powell River.
Kozak, 38, has been charged with killing Luc René Dulude and Kenneth Allan Leask two years ago.
The body of Dulude, 49, was found in December 2008 inside an unoccupied commercial building in Campbell River. This led Campbell River RCMP to the disappearance of Leask, 46, originally from Powell River. Investigators believe he was killed in the fall of 2008 near Campbell River.
Kozak was charged in December 2009 with killing Kenneth Robinson, whose body was found in August 2007 in a wooded area near Shawnigan Lake.
Kozak, who attended Edward Milne Community School from 1985-89, is in custody on the Robinson murder charge.
Leask and Kozak met in jail and the two formed a relationship through the drug trade, Leask’s brother Roddy said from Powell River on Monday.
News of the arrest brought little comfort to the Leask family, who have made their living in the forest industry. For two years, they’ve wondered what happened to Ken — he just disappeared. His body has never been found.
“I miss my brother,” said Roddy Leask. “He was a great guy. He was a faller. I’m a faller. My dad was a faller.”
Kozak was a faller for a time, too, Roddy Leask said. A decade ago he was a decent guy, “and five years ago he went ... psycho. He was too much into drugs.”
Kozak found a rich girlfiend in Campbell River and they smoked crack cocaine “for three, four years straight,” Roddy Leask said.
He described Kozak as “not that big. He’s balding and kind of fat.
“Kenny was smaller — five feet, seven inches — and a slighter build.”
roddy Leask said he hopes the investigation leads to the whereabouts of Kenneth’s body so the family can get some much-needed closure.
Campbell River RCMP are releasing scant details on the crimes. The three victims all had criminal records, largely for breaking and entering, possession of stolen property and theft. Dulude’s rap sheet was longer and had more serious crimes.
“The police investigation began with the discovery of Kenneth Robinson — that was the commencement of the [investigation],” Alexa Blacklock of the detachment said.
Police are not saying how the men were killed or whether there were links among the victims.
“Obviously, there are questions that remain unanswered,” Blacklock said.
She would not say whether other deaths are under review.
Dulude was described at his sentencing hearing as a career criminal and drug addict, who came to B.C. from his native Quebec and continued committing crimes. Dulude fantasized about “get rich quick” schemes, court heard in December 2008, when he was sentenced for breaching probation.
At one point, Dulude wanted to be a motivational speaker and thought he could provide inspiration to others.