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By IBTimes Staff Reporter | February 7, 2013 11:36 PM PST

The Ottawa police Thursday said that a man in the city had been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the homicide of two women in the capital city.

"The charges are related to the June 2008 homicide of Pamela Kosmack and the September 2011 homicide of Leanne Lawson," the police department stated in a press release on its website.

Citing DNA and other evidences, the police said that Marc Ledu, 56, was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the killing of the two women. Marc Ledu appeared in the Ottawa Provincial Courthouse Thursday.

According to the police, Pamela Kosmack, 39, was murdered in 2008 near a bicycle path while Leanne Lawson was found dead in a parking lot in the city.

"We're not going to discuss any links between the cases. In terms of these two homicides (we) were speaking about today, the link is the accused who has been charged with first degree murder in both cases," announced the police department in the release.

"Pamela and Leanne were members of this community and they were the victims of senseless homicides," it said.

Although the police department didn't make any direct link of the homicide charge with the sex trade, the police said that the safety of the sex workers was important to police and help was available.

"We have specially assigned officers that reach out to people involved in the sex trade to build trust and to let them know their safety is important to police and help is available," said the police .

Alerting the sex workers in the city, the police department urged them to reach the police whenever they feel unsafe.

"If you don't feel safe, please reach out to us. Your safety is important to us and we can help."

After charging the man, the department informed the family members of the two victims about the news earlier this week. 

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