An Innisfil man, who pleaded guilty to killing his ex-girlfriend then setting her house on fire, addressed her family Thursday at a sentencing hearing.

Ryan Kovacs read a prepared apology to Dawn Bailey’s family and expressed remorse for her murder and the pain he has caused them. At that moment, Bailey’s mother broke down and had to leave the courtroom.

Kovacs plead guilty in August to second-degree murder for Dawn Bailey’s death in 2011. The court heard he left a campground near Huntsville and drove to Innisfil where he broke into Bailey’s parents’ house, stabbed her multiple times and then set the house on fire to cover-up the crime.

Second-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence but the crown is requesting Kovacs’ be eligible for parole in 18 years. The defence is requesting 16 years.

Kovacs will be sentenced on October 22nd.