The witness statement provided to a Didsbury Mountie by a man in custody on a mischief charge which implicated four people in a murder conspiracy wasn’t given as part of a side deal, the officer testified Wednesday.
Const. Levi Ness said a private conversation he had with witness David Matschke, which triggered a further visit to the interview room was instigated by the suspect.
Ness said he was returning Matschke to his cell after a lengthy sworn witness statement when the prisoner noticed the officer was concerned.
“He asked me what was wrong, or words to that effect,” Ness told defence lawyer Shamsher Kothari.
The officer said Matschke picked up on the fact he was upset the witness had suggested a deal was in place at the conclusion of videotaped conversation even though he’d earlier made it clear there wasn’t an agreement.
“He’d already spoken to the fact that there was no deal in the interview room,” Ness testified.
He said Matschke agreed to return to the interview room and clarify what took place.
On the video recording, Matschke said an angry Donna Faulkner tried to recruit several other Didsbury residents to murder her ex-boyfriend.
Near the end of the interview the witness was asked his motivation for talking.
“I don’t have any … You guys wanted some help, I helped you,” he said.
But before leaving the room, Matschke asked when could he go home and Ness said they’d discuss that later.
“Whoa, whoa, whoa you told me I was going … home if I helped you out here,” the witness said.
Matschke testified Tuesday he has no recollection of his interview with Ness, but told Kothari a deal was in place.
The Crown wants Matschke’s statement entered as evidence, but defence lawyers are opposing that.
The trial continues Thursday.
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