‘I did the crime...’
“I did the crime, I will do the time,” stated the 25-year-old Nova Scotia man charged with the murder of 26-year-old Émilie Maheu of Green Valley.
Brandon Smeltzer made the declaration when he appeared in Cornwall court Friday after being charged with killing his former partner, whose body was found in a field near Lancaster October 13.
Ms. Maheu, who had a 22-month-old daughter with the accused, had been reported missing October 11 at 8:30 p.m., about seven hours after she left the Alexandria chiropractic clinic where she worked.
Mr. Smeltzer later stated he would “be with Émilie soon,” prompting him to be placed on suicide watch.
This is not the first time he has been charged with a serious offence. In 2015, he pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman in Bayside. He received a conditional discharge and was placed on probation for a year.
Mr. Smeltzer and Ms. Maheu met while they both worked at Mills Heavy Hauling near Halifax. She had returned to Alexandria with her daughter earlier this year.
He was arrested in New Brunswick October 16 and is currently being held at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre until his trial which is to be held later this year.