Sec­ond-de­gree mur­der trial be­gins in do­mes­tic vi­o­lence case

Haiden Suarez Noa has ad­mit­ted killing his girl­friend, Ta­nia Cow­ell, in their Stoney Creek apart­ment in 2013

The Hamilton Spectator - - Front Page - CARMELA FRAGOMENI

ON MARCH

A MORN­ING in 2013, a man with a baby walked into the Guelph po­lice sta­tion. He told the of­fi­cer at the front desk he had mur­dered his girl­friend in Stoney Creek the night be­fore and was turn­ing him­self in.

That man was Haiden Suarez Noa, who is now on trial for sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in the stab­bing death of Ta­nia Cow­ell, 36, on March 9, 2013.

Suarez Noa, 41, has ad­mit­ted killing Cow­ell, his girl­friend and mother of his son. The boy was still a baby at the time.

Suarez Noa has pleaded guilty to man­slaugh­ter.

On the higher charge of sec­ond­de­gree mur­der, he has pleaded not guilty.

His trial be­gan Thurs­day with as­sis­tant Crown at­tor­ney Janet Booy de­liv­er­ing her open­ing ad­dress to the jury.

She said there is no dis­pute that Suarez Noa killed Cow­ell.

“The is­sue is his in­tent at the time he killed her,” Booy told the jury.

“The ev­i­dence will show he stabbed her 11 times with a kitchen knife. One stab wound in the back and 10 stab wounds in her chest and neck area.”

Booy said that in the 27 hours pre­ced­ing the fa­tal stab­bing, Suarez Noa and Cow­ell con­tin­u­ously ar­gued via text mes­sages and Cow­ell re­peat­edly be­rated him for not help­ing her clean the apart­ment.

“The ev­i­dence will show he stabbed her 11 times with a kitchen knife. One stab wound in the back and 10 stab wounds in her chest and neck area.” JANET BOOY As­sis­tant Crown at­tor­ney

Booy said Cow­ell had also texted him that their re­la­tion­ship was over and that he should find his own place.

But by 6 p.m. that day, ac­cord­ing to Booy, Cow­ell had a change of heart and told him she would give him one fi­nal chance.

Booy said the jury will also hear ev­i­dence from a pathol­o­gist that four of the 11 stab wounds were lethal on their own be­cause each one pen­e­trated ma­jor ar­ter­ies.

Suarez Noa then took a photo of Cow­ell’s “life­less body ly­ing on the liv­ing room floor,” packed up their son, locked the apart­ment door, drove to Guelph and checked into a ho­tel, Booy said.

The next morn­ing, Suarez Noa walked into the Guelph po­lice sta­tion car­ry­ing his son in his car seat and told the of­fi­cer he had mur­dered his girl­friend, Booy said.

Among the wit­nesses called to give ev­i­dence Thurs­day was Const. Brian Gemin of the Guelph Po­lice Ser­vice.

Gemin tes­ti­fied he was work­ing the morn­ing of Sun­day, March 10, 2013, when a man came in car­ry­ing a baby in a baby seat.

“His first com­ment to me was, ‘I don’t know how to do this. I’m here to turn my­self in and I just want to know that my baby is taken care of.’ ”

When Gemin asked him if there were any ar­rest war­rants out for him, Suarez Noa told him, “I killed my girl­friend. I mur­dered her,” and said it hap­pened in Hamil­ton, Stoney Creek.

“He said, ‘I’m not kid­ding. This is not a joke. She’s dead,’ ” Gemin tes­ti­fied.

“I asked if there was a chance she’d still be alive. He said, ‘No. It hap­pened last night.’ He said, ‘I just lost it. I stabbed her. She tried to come at me, and I lost it.’ ”

Gemin said Suarez Noa told him the knife might still be in the apart­ment, that his girl­friend’s name was Ta­nia Cow­ell, and that he had driven her car to Guelph.

Gemin said he placed Suarez Noa un­der ar­rest and con­tacted Hamil­ton po­lice.

Suarez Noa’s driver’s li­cence had a Guelph ad­dress, Gemin said.

Un­der ques­tion­ing from de­fence lawyer Charn Gill, Gemin agreed it is rare for some­one to walk into the sta­tion and ad­mit to a crime when there is no ar­rest war­rant out for them.

Gemin also agreed Suarez Noa was anx­ious and ner­vous, but po­lite and co­op­er­a­tive.

Court also heard from two women liv­ing in the same Stoney Creek apart­ment build­ing on Cher­ry­wood Drive about what they heard from their apart­ments the night of the stab­bing.

Both heard a scream and run­ning from Cow­ell’s apart­ment.

One heard some­one yell, “Bitch.”

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF JULIE COW­ELL

Ta­nia Cow­ell was stabbed to death on March 9, 2013.

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