Pig farmer accused of killing 50 women 

Amin George Forji

The landmark trial of what has been described as Canada’s largest horrific serial murder, has now opened in a court in in New Westminster, British Columbia. The accused, Robert Pickton, 57 is accused of intentionally slaughtering 26 women in the 1990s. All the women in question are said to prostitutes and drug addicts. The present trial is in connection to six of the women. The trials of all the other women is expected to follow suite. The court split the case after Justice James Williams, ruled that the jury was overwhelmed by the volume of evidence, necessitating for a split, so that Mr. Pickton could have a fair trial. Mr. Picton was first arrested in 2002.

While presenting his case on Monday Jan. 22, Derrill Prevett in his opening remarks said circumstantial evidence shows that Mr. Pickton not only murdered all the six women, whom he standing trail for on  Monday, but proceeded to butcher the remains into pieces, before disposing of them.

“The heads of the individuals had been cut in two, vertically. With the skulls were left and right hands and the front parts of the left and right feet.” Mr. Prevett explained.
He said further that the severed heads, feet and hands of two of the women were discovered in two buckets in  Mr. Pickton’s freezer.

“The crown intends to prove he murdered them, butchered them and disposed of their remains,” he said.

Mr Pickton became implicated in the murders after police findings led detectives to raid his scruffy pig farm  in Port Coquitlam, which lies 30 miles west of Vancouver. The police at the close of the search found forensic evidence that directly implicated Mr. Pickton, the most notable of which was a hidden short  22 calibre gun, with a sex toy at it’s barrel. Medical examination on the gun showed the DNA of Mr. Pickton and one of the slaughtered women, called Miss. Mona Wilson.

The prosecution alleged in court that Mr. Pickton at one point in the past confessed to undercover police officer that he murdered 49 women, and had intended to make it an even  50. Mr. Prevett announced that they will pray the police officer in question to come before the court to testify.

Mr. Pickton however pleaded not guilty to all the counts levied on him. The defence lawyers meanwhile argued that the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubts that Mr. Pickton did in fact commit the atrocities.

Considering the sensitivity of the case, a court order had ruled against the publication of any evidence related to the trail in the press ahead of the case. As a result, people’s expectations remained high as to possible evidence that would eventually be presented to court. As a result, it became illegal for any journalist to report on any evidence before the trial proper, the reasoning being that if exposed to the media, the evidence will play down the chances of Mr. Pickton receiving a fair trial.

In it’s opening remarks, the prosecution warned that evidence that will be presented to the court in the course of the proceedings will be horrific. Because Canada does not apply the death penalty, Mr. Pickton will face a life sentence at the end of the trial if found guilty.

The trial is expected to last for a period of at least one year.

[Edited by Simon – Format]

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