Mur­der sus­pects sought refuge near Hagersville, jury told

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - NEWS - ALI­SON LANGLEY

A man who ini­tially agreed to let two peo­ple camp be­hind his house near Hagersville later changed his mind when he grew sus­pi­cious of the duo, a jury was told Wed­nes­day.

Trevor Dox­tater tes­ti­fied in a Su­pe­rior Court in Wel­land that Richard Dox­ta­tor, 40, and Jas­mine Dox­ta­tor, 38, ar­rived at his home on June 22, 2015 and asked if they could stay on his ru­ral prop­erty on the Six Na­tions Re­serve.The cou­ple had a child with them.

“I asked him did you beat some­one up or did you kill some­one or hurt some­one and he just put his head down and wouldn’t look at me,” Trevor told as­sis­tant Crown at­tor­ney Ti­mothy Hill.

Based on Richard Dox­ta­tor’s re­ac­tion, Trevor said he quickly re­gret­ted of­fer­ing to let them stay.

When he ques­tioned him fur­ther, he said Richard Dox­ta­tor told him to watch the news if he wanted to learn more. It was then that Trevor told them they were no longer wel­come on his prop­erty.

“I came to the de­ci­sion they couldn’ t stay,” he said.

Two days prior to the knock on Trevor’s door, the bloody body of Guiseppe (Joe) Ca­puto, 70, was found on the floor of his Portage Road apart­ment.

Richard and Jas­mine Dox­ta­tor, who are cousins and res­i­dents of Hamil­ton, have pleaded not guilty to first-de­gree mur­der be­fore a six­man, six-woman jury.

Court heard ear­lier Ca­puto suf­fered 18 “cut­ting wounds” to his body.

Steven Spink, a de­tec­tive with the foren­sic unit of the Ni­a­gara Re­gional Po­lice, tes­ti­fied blood stains and a knife were found in a Jeep the Crown says the Dox­ta­tors drove from Hamil­ton to Ni­a­gara Falls in June 2015.

The knife was an­a­lyzed at the Cen­tre of Foren­sic Sciences in Toronto and DNA was ex­tracted from the han­dle. The ge­netic pro­file from the han­dle did not match the vic­tim’s DNA, court was told.

Also on Wed­nes­day, the jury was shown a pho­to­graph of the flow­ered shirt Ca­puto was wear­ing when he was killed. Un­der cross ex­am­i­na­tion by Richard Dox­ta­tor’s lawyer, Jaime Stephen­son, Spink tes­ti­fied the cut marks on the shirt ap­peared to be ap­prox­i­mately two cen­time­tres long.

“None as great at four cen­time­tres?” Steven­son asked.

“Yes,” Spink replied.

Court heard ear­lier the blade of the knife found in the Jeep was es­ti­mated to be 11 cen­time­tres long and four cen­time­tres wide.

Donna Brooks, a taxi driver, tes­ti­fied she picked up a man and woman in Hamil­ton on the morn­ing of June 19, 2015 and drove them to a des­ti­na­tion ap­prox­i­mately five kilo­me­tres away.

Dur­ing the 10-minute ride, Brooks said the man had his arm around the woman and that they were whis­per­ing to each other.

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