Neigh­bours tes­tify on what was heard dur­ing stab­bing

‘Hear me peo­ple. I am God. I am trained to do this.’

The Peterborough Examiner - - Local - TODD VANDONK

Ian Lowes de­scribed to po­lice he heard what sounded like a man pos­sessed the night Dr. An­drew Chan was killed at his Hag­gis Drive home in Peterborough.

He il­lus­trated the voice as a gut­tural roar that was deep and growly.

“It sounded like some­one was hav­ing an episode with drugs or a men­tal break­down,” Lowes said.

He was one of four of Dr. Chan’s neigh­bours to tes­tify at his son Thomas Chan’s sec­ond-de­gree mur­der, at­tempted mur­der and ag­gra­vated as­sault trial on Thurs­day in Su­pe­rior Court of Jus­tice in Peterborough

The judge alone trial be­gan on Mon­day and is be­ing heard by Jus­tice Cary Boswell. Chan has pleaded not guilty.

The 21-year-old was charged by Peterborough Po­lice af­ter Dr. Chan was found stabbed to death in his Hag­gis Drive home. Dr. Chan’s part­ner, Lynn Wit­teveen, suf­fered mul­ti­ple stab wounds and was air­lifted to a Toronto hospi­tal in crit­i­cal con­di­tion. She sur­vived the at­tack.

“God can’t help me any­more. I am God,” Lowes re­mem­bered a man say­ing dur­ing the early morn­ing hours of Dec. 28, 2015.

In his state­ment to po­lice two days af­ter the in­ci­dent, Lowes said a man called of­fi­cers the devil while be­ing ar­rested by po­lice.

Phillip Pow­ell, who lives di­rectly across the street from Dr. Chan, also tes­ti­fied he heard at man that morn­ing ref­er­ence God.

“Hear me peo­ple. I am God. I am trained to do this. I will do this ev­ery Sun­day,” Pow­ell told po­lice he heard mul­ti­ple times that morn­ing.

Perry Huis­man, Dr. Chan’s next door neigh­bour, said voices out­side woke him up. He looked out his front win­dow to see what the com­mo­tion was. He no­ticed a car parked in front of his home and a man at the driver’s side win­dow.

“He was pound­ing on the win­dow say­ing, ’stay away from my mother, I am not afraid of you,’” Huis­man re­called.

The car left and he thought the al­ter­ca­tion was over, but not long af­ter he heard the crash­ing of a win­dow, he said.

“It was so loud,” he ex­plained.

Huis­man was wor­ried his ve­hi­cle win­dow had been smashed and he went out­side to in­ves­ti­gate. He didn’t see any­thing wrong with his ve­hi­cle but no­ticed a win­dow had been bro­ken at Dr. Chan’s home.

Charles Hamil­ton was the last neigh­bour to tes­tify what he heard and saw that morn­ing. Out for a cig­a­rette around 3:30 a.m., he no­ticed a car com­ing down Hag­gis Drive. He said the car stopped and he no­ticed an in­di­vid­ual out­side the ve­hi­cle.

He de­scribed the per­son to be con­fronta­tional, an­gry and ag­i­tated. Hamil­ton re­called a man say­ing “I don’t want to fight you, man.”

He also tes­ti­fied he heard three strikes to what sounded like car win­dow be­fore the car left the same way it came down Hag­gis. At this point, he said the per­son re­mained in the mid­dle of the road mak­ing state­ments like, “You never loved me,” and “19 years you’ve never been happy with me.”

Through three days of tes­ti­mony, Boswell has heard ev­i­dence from fam­ily and friends of Chan. Court heard that on Dec. 27 Chan and six of his friends were hang­ing out at Chan’s mother’s home on Denure Drive for most of the evening.

Ac­cord­ing to ear­lier tes­ti­mony, at some point it was de­cided

Chan and three other friends were go­ing to take magic mush­rooms.

Those friends have tes­ti­fied that Chan’s be­hav­iour started to change in the early morn­ing hours of Dec. 28.

Chan’s mother, Ros­alia Vas­tano, said she was awo­ken shortly af­ter 3 a.m. by her son. She, along with Chan’s sis­ter, Christina, tes­ti­fied Chan called them the devil and Satan be­fore run­ning out of the house shoe­less and shirt­less to­ward his fa­ther’s home, which was a short dis­tance away.

James Sandz­iuk was one of the first paramedics on the scene. He de­scribed see­ing blood on the wall and the floor around Dr. Chan.

“He ap­peared life­less,” Sandz­iuk re­mem­bers think­ing when he ap­proached Dr. Chan in the kitchen as po­lice tried to per­form CPR on him.

Sandz­iuk joined his part­ner in an­other room where Wit­teveen was fight­ing for life.

“She had mul­ti­ple in­juries of trauma to her face, neck and torso,” Sandz­iuk re­called.

“All were iden­ti­fied as what ap­peared to be stab wounds.”

The trial con­tin­ues Fri­day.

Dr. An­drew Chan

Thomas Chan

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