Three Montreal Police Officers Take the Stand at Magnotta Hearing before a Two Week Break

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March 20, 2013 // Trial News

Luka Magnotta’s preliminary hearing will wrap up Thursday with two witnesses from Ottawa before resuming again for a week in April.

For the second day in a row, Magnotta cupped his hand over his mouth, wiped his eyes and glanced only occasionally at a screen on which video evidence was projected. Yesterday, he collapsed in the prisoner’s box at the end of a video.

Wearing an unbuttoned, short-sleeved plaid shirt with a white undershirt and white pants, a shackled and handcuffed Magnotta listened to testimony Wednesday from three Montreal police officers who specialize in extracting digital information from cameras, computers, cellphones and online.

Constable Nadine Paoliello wrapped up her testimony, which was interrupted Tuesday when Magnotta collapsed and the hearing was adjourned for the day. Sgt.-Det. Panagiotis Sarganis, a computer forensic specialist from the Montreal police force, also testified, as did Constable Frank Massa. Several videos were shown throughout the morning.

No details about the evidence can be reported because of a court-ordered publication ban, a normal procedure during a preliminary hearing — a process to determine whether there is enough evidence for the case to go to trial.

Yesterday, Magnotta waved and smiled at a woman sitting in the front row of the packed courtroom, but the woman refused to identify herself to the media or say what her relationship to the accused is.

Witnesses from Vancouver and Europe are to testify by video conference starting April 8, the last week of the preliminary hearing.

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© The Montreal Gazette

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