- Category: Canada News
- Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016
- CTV News
A Hamilton police officer testifying in the trial for two men accused of killing Tim Bosma said the trailer containing the victim's truck flew open en route to a forensics facility.
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Det. Const. Lauren Troubridge took the stand Wednesday, describing her escort of the truck and trailer. Troubridge followed the tow truck transporting Bosma's truck from Hamilton to an OPP forensics lab in Tillsonburg, Ont., on May 14, 2013.
Troubridge told the court that the trailer doors flew open on the highway, and a cardboard box fell out of the truck. She hit the box with her police cruiser, then flagged the driver towing the trailer, signalling for him to pull over.
She said the trailer had a padlock on its doors, but the lock didn't work.
On cross-examination, Troubridge said she didn't take steps to ensure that the door was locked before leaving the Hamilton towing facility.
She said she understood the importance of preserving the evidence for forensic examination. She was also concerned at the time that the trailer was unprotected with a lock that didn't work.
Earlier Wednesday, the court heard from Troubridge's colleague, who followed the trailer as it was towed to the Hamilton facility five days before. Det. Const. Brent Gibson said that he was the one who put a seal and a lock on the trailer before it was towed from the home of one suspect's mother.
He said the truck was found inside a trailer registered to Millard Air, which was parked in the driveway of a Kleinburg, Ont. home. The home belonged to the mother of suspect Dellen Millard.
Mark Smich has also been accused of first-degree murder in Bosma's death. Both men have pleaded not guilty.
Gibson told the court that he found the truck and trailer being guarded by York Regional Police. Officers told Gibson to speak with Millard's mother's neighbours, who provided him with security camera footage.
He said the video was captured at the neighbour's home, and showed the trailer being pulled past the home at 10:30 p.m. on May 9, 2013. Bosma was reported missing three days earlier.
Earlier this week, Gibson's colleagues testified about the search of the trailer, as they looked for signs of the missing man.
The Crown alleges that Bosma was killed inside his truck after taking Millard and Smich for a test drive in the truck. Bosma's body was later found burned beyond recognition.
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