Son, 18, arrested in killing of Ottawa mom

Luce Lavertu was slain in her Ottawa home on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

Luce Lavertu was slain in her Ottawa home on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

Danielle Bell, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:24 PM ET

OTTAWA — An Ottawa teen charged with slitting his mother’s throat made his first court appearance Wednesday.

Christopher Gobin, 18, said nothing but his name when he appeared before a justice of the peace on a video monitor on charges of first-degree murder.

Gobin was arrested Tuesday after his mother Luce Lavertu, 49, was found in her east-end Ottawa home with her throat slit shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Police seized a knife from the home, which they believe is the murder weapon. Police added that Christopher was in the home when Lavertu’s husband, Jacques Gobin, found her dead.

Not long after, police arrested Christopher in a dramatic takedown nearby.

Friends say Lavertu had done everything to help Christopher who struggles with depression, including going with him to therapy.

If he does seek bail, the murder charge means he will have to appear before a Superior Court judge.

He will next appear in court, by video, on April 30.

-- with files from Doug Hempstead, Tony Spears

Danielle.bell@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: @ottawasundbell


Videos

Photos