Ac­cused’s sis­ter tes­ti­fies at mur­der trial

Speak­ing through an in­ter­preter via video link from Mace­do­nia, woman re­counts brother’s brief visit


GODERICH – The mur­der trial of Boris Panovski re­sumed Thurs­day with tes­ti­mony by video link from his sis­ter in his home­land of Mace­do­nia.

Speak­ing through an in­ter­preter, Pe­tra Do­j­ci­novska said she in­vited Panovski, whom she had not seen since 2002, to visit her in 2014 be­cause she had health prob­lems and needed him to sign doc­u­ments for a fam­ily land in­her­i­tance.

She said her brother ar­rived with lit­tle warn­ing and didn’t call un­til after he ar­rived in Mace­do­nia. Panovski left soon after when he re­ceived a call from Canada, Do­j­ci­novska tes­ti­fied. The Crown waived cross-ex­am­i­na­tion of her.

Panovski, 73, of Scar­bor­ough has pleaded not guilty in the death of Don Frigo, 70, and at­tempted mur­der of Frigo’s wife, Eva Willer Frigo

Frigo was shot to death on Sept. 13, 2014, while he and his wife were rid­ing their horses in Hul­lett Provin­cial Wildlife Area, north of Clin­ton.

Both the Fri­gos and Panovski were in­volved in the shoot­ing dog train­ing com­mu­nity. The Crown says Panovski, who had trained Frigo’s cham­pi­onship dog, held a grudge. Panovski faced some crim­i­nal charges in Ge­or­gia in 2005 and he be­lieved Frigo was re­spon­si­ble for hav­ing him shunned in the dog train­ing com­mu­nity.

Po­lice found ev­i­dence that Panovski made a hasty trip to Mace­do­nia after Frigo’s death. Panovski was ar­rested at Pear­son In­ter­na­tional Air­port after a flight from Istanbul.

Later Thurs­day, Ann De­brouwer, a now-re­tired OPP of­fi­cer, tes­ti­fied on her work dur­ing the 2014 in­ves­ti­ga­tion. She tes­ti­fied she found fast-food de­bris and tire tracks be­side a laneway near the scene of the shoot­ing.

But court was ad­journed early after a ju­ror re­ported not feel­ing well. The case is slated to re­sume on Mon­day. hdaniszewski@post­ twit­

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