12 Dec 2010

Killer discharged from air force

11:59 am on 12 December 2010

A Canadian pilot convicted of murder and violent sexual assaults has been formally discharged from the military.

Former Colonel Russell Williams, 47, pleaded guilty last month to two murders and two chargers of sexual assault and was sentenced to life in prison.

The BBC reports he also admitted a series of burglaries in which he stole women's underwear.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert Scott described Williams as a "sick and dangerous man", who would "forever be remembered as a sadosexual serial killer."

In a statement, the Canadian military said it had confiscated his South-West Asia Service Medal with Afghanistan bar, Canadian Forces' Decoration and his commission scroll, a document confirming his authority as an officer.