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Strong preliminary hearing adjourned

Accused back in court November 8

By Dave Flaherty/The Oshawa Express

The preliminary hearing for Adam Strong was over almost as soon as it began.

Strong, 45, is accused in connection to the death of Oshawa teenager Rori Hache, and his preliminary hearing was scheduled to run from Oct. 15 to 19.

However, on the first day, the Crown requested an adjournment, which was granted by Ontario Court Justice Marquis Felix.

This marked the first time Strong had appeared in court in person since being arrested in January.

He was charged after police found partial remains of the 18-year-old Hache in his McMillan Street apartment in late December 2017. He is charged with indecent interference with a dead body.

Hache went missing last August, and her torso was found in Lake Ontario at the Oshawa Harbour a month later.

Although Hache’s death has been treated as a homicide, Strong is not currently facing a charge of murder.

In July, Durham Regional Police strongly connected a second set of DNA found at Strong’s former apartment to Kandis Fitzpatrick, another missing Oshawa woman. Testing on the DNA sample has yet to be completed.

Fitzpatrick’s family reported her missing in 2010. She has not been seen since 2008 when she was 18 years old. No charges have been laid against Strong in connection to Fitzpatrick.

Strong is scheduled to return to court on Nov. 8 by video.

Once the preliminary hearing moves forward, it will ultimately determine whether there is enough evidence to send Strong to trial.