Wit­ness in­sists he saw bloody man in apart­ment

Cape Breton Post - - Cape Breton/Province -

Wil­liam San­deson’s lawyer is chal­leng­ing the mem­ory of a neigh­bour and friend who says he saw a bloody man in the med­i­cal stu­dent’s apart­ment.

Pook­iel McCabe said Tues­day he had two brief oc­ca­sions to see the man, sit­ting mo­tion­less on a chair with blood on his back, as well as cash and a lot of blood on the floor.

San­deson, 24, is on trial in Nova Sco­tia Supreme Court for the mur­der of 22-year-old physics stu­dent Tay­lor Sam­son. The jury has heard pre­vi­ously Sam­son had gone to the apart­ment to sell San­deson 20 pounds of mar­i­juana.

De­fence at­tor­ney Eu­gene Tan showed McCabe and the jury po­lice pho­tos and sur­veil­lance video of the mo­ments McCabe was in San­deson’s Hal­i­fax apart­ment on Aug. 15, 2015.

Tan sug­gested McCabe only briefly saw the bloody man, and that his view was ob­structed by a friend.

Tan ques­tioned him about a video from San­deson’s se­cu­rity sys­tem that showed McCabe and a friend go­ing to San­deson’s twice that evening.

McCabe only looks in briefly on the first visit, while on the sec­ond he stands be­hind his friend out­side the apart­ment.

“You’re prob­a­bly not go­ing to see much more than the back of (your friend),’’ said Tan.

But McCabe said he saw a “guy sit­ting in a chair, lots of blood on him.’’ The man was fac­ing away from him, he said.

McCabe, who tes­ti­fied Mon­day he was close friends and track-and-field team­mates with the ac­cused, said he heard a loud bang com­ing from San­deson’s apart­ment across the hall and went over to see what hap­pened.

Later Tues­day, the jury heard from three Hal­i­fax Re­gional Po­lice of­fi­cers who tes­ti­fied about their time guard­ing San­deson’s apart­ment on Aug. 18 while a war­rant was be­ing sought, and to search it for Sam­son.

Two of the of­fi­cers said they saw Macken­zie Ruthven, Sam­son’s girl­friend, out­side a rooftop win­dow lead­ing to San­deson’s apart­ment.

They said McCabe also showed up look­ing to pick up bail money. He told them a fe­male lawyer con­tacted him ask­ing him to get money from the apart­ment, they said.

“McCabe seemed sur­prised we were there,’’ Const. Justin McGrath told the jury.

McCabe left the build­ing a short time later car­ry­ing a full back­pack, but the of­fi­cers said he didn’t en­ter the apart­ment.

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