October 25th, 2021

Calgary man admits to murder of woman but not guilty in death of her toddler

By The Canadian Press on October 12, 2021.

A coat of arms adorns the Calgary Courts Centre in Calgary, Alta., Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. A judge-alone trial begins in Calgary today for a man accused of murdering a mother and her young daughter, whose remains were found in the mountain wilderness west of the city in 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY – A man has admitted to killing a Calgary mother more than two years ago but not guilty in the death of her toddler.

Robert Leeming pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Jasmine Lovett and not guilty to second-degree murder of 22-month-old Aliyah Sanderson.

The pleas came on the first day of his judge-alone trial.

Lovett, 26, and her daughter were reported missing in April 2019, after they failed to show up for a dinner.

Their bodies were found weeks later near Grizzly Creek, a day use area in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary.

Leeming, who is 36, is a British citizen who police said had been in a relationship with Lovett.

During the search for Lovett and her daughter, Leeming told local media that he owned the townhouse where they lived and that they were his tenants.

The trial is scheduled for 19 days.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 12, 2021.

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