Brother ordered to stand trial for Surrey high school teacher’s murder

Jarek Paderewski charged with second-degree murder in Maja Paderewska's death.

North Surrey Secondary teacher Maja Paderewska was killed in February 2014. Her brother Jarek Paderewski has been ordered to stand trial for her murder.

A man accused of killing his sister – who was a popular Surrey school teacher – has been ordered to stand trial for her murder.

Maja Paderewska’s body was found in a Coquitlam townhouse in February 2014 after first-responders received a medical distress call.

Her younger brother, Jarek Paderewski, was arrested at the scene. He’s been in custody since.

The accused, who faces one charge of second-degree murder, was ordered by a judge to stand trial following a court appearance Thursday (Sept. 17) in Port Coquitlam Provincial Court. There was no preliminary hearing.

The case will now proceed to B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster.

Paderewska, a teacher at North Surrey Secondary, was 33 when she was killed. Her death sparked an outpouring of grief from students and colleagues at the school, who described her as a “friend” and “perfect teacher” who went above and beyond and was always there for everyone.

At the time of the murder, police said neither the suspect or the victim were known to police.

The accused lived at the townhome with his parents, while the victim lived in Surrey.

Paderewski’s next court date is scheduled for Oct. 29

 

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