Friday, March 24, 2006

Press Clippings--Part X

'I got mad ... and she fell onto the stove': 911 tape: Boyfriend's explanation in emergency call played back during murder trial
By Katherine Wilton
The Gazette, March 23, 2006

In a phone call played at his murder trial yesterday, a panic-stricken Martin Morin-Cousineau told an Urgences Sante operator his girlfriend Kelly-Anne Drummond "slipped and fell onto the stove" after he got angry while they were fighting at their Pierrefonds apartment.

"Please, quick, I think she is dead - there is blood everywhere," he said during the six-minute call, made on Oct. 3, 2004.

Morin-Cousineau is on trial for second-degree murder in the killing of Drummond, 24. She died two days after paramedics found her lying injured in the apartment. A 9.5-centimetre-long blade was lodged in her skull.

When the operator told Morin-Cousineau to put Drummond on her back so he could give her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, he replied she was already on her back. He then said: "She is not breathing. What does it matter? She has a big hole in the back of her head. What do I do?"

The accused then told the operator he wanted to get off the phone so he could call his mother, a nurse. But the operator insisted he stay on the line so she could instruct him on how to help Drummond breathe.

Then Morin-Cousineau said he needed to get off the phone because ambulance technicians had arrived at the apartment.

When the operator asked to speak to the paramedics, Morin-Cousineau hesitated, then said: "They are not here right now."

When the operator asked him what had happened, he told her he and Drummond "got into a little fight. I got mad ... and she slipped and fell onto the stove.

"There is so much blood here, it is sick," he said. "There is a big hole at the back of her head. I don't know what to do with it."

Also yesterday, a chemist from the provincial crime laboratory testified the blade retrieved from Drummond's skull came from a knife found on a kitchen counter.

The trial continues today.

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