DAY 14 - MON OCT 20 - SUMMARY - teamluka.tumblr.com
Today begins with the crown’s 23rd witness Vee Fong Lu. Lu worked at a postal outlet in Les Ailes shopping mall dowtown Montreal on Ste Catherine W. Montreal police approached him early June for video surveillance of May 26 2012.
Video surveillance is shown of Magnotta entering and leaving the shop, around 12:15pm, wearing a black wig, black mickey mouse shirt and a small duffel bag. Receipts are shown, the first dated 12:15pm shows a regular mail purchase for $32, sent to Louise Jones at St George’s School in Vancouver. A second receipt for $17 is shown as well as a third receipt for a US money order for $218. No ID is required to send parcels. Lu advised items shipped Saturday would be picked up Monday morning and usually take 2-4 days to reach Vancouver. Leclair cross examines asking if Lu remembers anything in particular about the transaction or the individual and he does not. Witness is done.
Next up is witness #24, Jenny Byrne, deputy chief of staff to the Prime Minister of Canada. On May 29 2012 around 10:45am, her assistant brought in a package delivered by Canada Post. It was half open, not sealed. She began to open it, noticing some pink tissue paper on the top. Under that was an item wrapped in a black garbage bag. Inside that bag was another rectangular type black wine bag folded. This package was soft and mushy, so using scissors she clipped the top off. At that point, there was a very bad smell coming from this inner bag so sensing something was not right, it was put back in the box and the police were
called. This was the first time something of this nature had happened so it was given to police. Approx 15-20 officers arrived about 15 mins later, took the package and left. She never actually saw what was inside. This note was also in the box.
The PM was notified of the incident. End of direct, no questions from defense, witness is done.
Witness #25 is Chantal Pombert, an Ottawa Police Officer with the forensic identification unit. On May 29, Pombert went to the Albert St office where the package was brought and ID’d as a human foot. Employees had seen blood coming out of the bag. Various Photos are shown in court of the foot. The name of the sender for this package was Renée Bordelais. Pombert was then informed a second suspicous package was intercepted at a Canada Post Plant. This package contained the left hand. It was addressed to the Liberal Party of Canada with the same name and return address as the Tory package, Renée Bordelais. Photos are shown in court of the package and hand. This packaged contained more pink tissue paper and the following note:
Inside, a black wine gift bag, wrapped in a black garbage bag, containing a yellowish looking decomposing hand, skin shrivelled with finger tips cut. End of direct questioning. On cross examination, Leclair exaimes the note in the first parcel noticing there is an impression on the bottom right hand corner of the name Neil Fenton. (Fenton is Laureen Teskey-Harper’s first husband). =Break for lunch.=
After lunch break, Witness # 26 is up, Genevieve Benoit, a postal inspector for Canada Post in their Ottawa plant. On May 29, she was informed of two parcels that had been sent from the same place in downtown Montreal, one of which was still enroute that day to the Ottawa plant. Ottawa police informed her about the human foot being sent to the Tory HQ. At 5:20pm, she got a call advising the parcel had arrived at the Ottawa plant. It was addressed to the Liberal Party. Upon hearing this, she took the parcel to her office and called police. After performing a mail inspection, it was released to RCMP and bomb squad at 7:35pm. As to why they arrived at different times, she advised they likely were taken it two different trucks. End of questioning, defense had no questions, she is done.
Next up is Witness #27, Theresa Kelm, an Ottawa police officer with 23 years on the job. On May 29 2012 she was a liason officer regarding the parcels sent to the political offices. She spoke with Genevieve Benoit and the coroner, and assisted in arrangements that were made for the body parts to be sent to Toronto for post mortem. Defense had no questions.
Witness #28 is Panagiotis Sarganis, a Sgt Detective with the Montreal Police computer tech unit. His unit offers expertise on Internet data/evidence as well as digital media. After reviewing his CV, he is declared an expert in computer forensics and data retrieval. He also testified at the Preliminary Hearing in March 2013. Sarganis was asked to examine the contents of a memory card from a digital camera. He did two analysis’, one in June 2012 and a second in February 2013. On June 1, 2012, he was asked to look at a memory card belonging to a Sony DSC-W5 camera. In particular, he was asked to try to retrieve pictures and movies to help identify the victim, as well as pictures of the suspect, particularly ones where he is wearing a ring. The process took 4-5 hours. The camera itself had been discovered inside the garbage at the crime scene. It was humid, wet and not working. Using forensic software, a copy was made of the memory card, which contained 15 video files and 505 photos. The recovered media was sectioned into 4 categories: Crime Scene (20) , Pictures of Interest (20) , Wearing Ring (3) , and Other (various pics). Many of the 505 pics had been deleted by the owner, but were recovered using the sofware. The main goal on this day was to extract the media, not find dates. In any event, since the camera could not be powered up, he was unable to confirm what the camera’s time was set to, to cross reference. Later, he was asked for dates, and used info on the sureveillance video and the murder video to get reference points.
In February 2013, the second time he examined the camera, he was able to power it on, and found there was no date recorded, only the default date January 1, 2005. He was able to retrieve dates for the pics and videos. 3 Videos were created on April 13, 2005 and 12 videos were created on April 19, 2005. All 505 photos had ‘file created’ dates, as per what was stamped by the camera. The last access date when the camera was plugged into a computer to access the media on it was May 25, 2012. With the exception of 3 of the videos on it, which had last been accessed on May 22, 2012. The photos other than those of the crime scene were imported anywhere between August 12, 2009 and May 22, 2012.
At the same time, a colleague of Sarganis’s was inspecting Luka Magnotta’s laptop to match up the hash values from the memory card. He found 3 movie files Magnotta appeared to have been working on. To find out when the pictures and videos were actually taken, they needed a reference point. A video file as well as pictures depicting the crime scene and victim on the bed, dismembered, were dated April 19, 2005 on the camera with the current date not set. The video posted to the internet was on May 25, 2012 and used content from the cameras memory card dated April 19th. The video on the camera dated 6 days earlier from the other would be set at May 19, 2012. So, timestamps of April 13, 2005 = May 19, 2012. (This would be the content on the first part of the 1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick Video, of the unidentified man who entered Magnotta’s apartment on the evening of May 18, 2012 and leaving the next day). So, now, they were able to establish the 2005 dates with the May 2012 dates.
This concludes today’s proceedings. Tomorrow at 9:30, it continues.