A Nanaimo woman accused of murdering and dismembering her boyfriend denied to police interrogators that she killed him, even after being played audio of her telling undercover officers that she had used a hammer to “beat him up,” his trial heard on Thursday.
Paris Laroche, 28, is on trial for first-degree murder and interference with human remains for the killing of Sidney Mantee, 32, in March 2020. She confessed to her best friend and then to two undercover agents, too. in April 2021, depending until his trial takes place before Justice Robin Baird in the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver.
After the trial, a recording of more than four hours of police interrogation by RCMP Sgt. Tiffany Isenor, which took place on May 27, 2021, the day she was arrested and charged with the crimes, Isenor spoke for the first time about the murder.
“So I have to ask,” Isenor said as they sat in an interview room at the Nanaimo RCMP. “Did you kill Sidney?”
“No,” Laroche responded.
And shortly afterward he said: “I prefer to speak with a lawyer,” a request he repeats several times throughout the interview that continued from 4:30 to 11:30 pm that day.
She told him she was happy to talk about her life, but she didn’t want to go into details about her breakup with Mantee.
She said they broke up on March 3, 2020, after an argument about how she was making coffee, and he packed his suitcase and she hadn’t seen him or heard from him since.
Isenor also told Laroche that about 50 police officers were involved in the murder investigation and were conducting a search of his apartment at the time.
“What do you think they’re going to find?” Isenor asked.
“I have no idea,” he said.
The trial had previously heard that Laroche had told two undercover officers that he had killed Mantee in his apartment and dismembered her body, keeping parts of it in the refrigerator for up to six months and disposing of it in various parks and other areas of Nanaimo. Police found 12 bone fragments after she led them to the various locations, the court heard.
At around 9 p.m., during the 2021 interrogation, Isenor brings in an audio recording that Isenor said had just been given to him by investigators, a recording that he said was “a little difficult for me to listen to,” and told him. He told Laroche that he wanted her to “tell her truth.” about.
“Oh, the evidence you have against me,” Laroche said.
After listening to the clip of the sting operation during which she told them, “I just grabbed the hammer and hit, hit, hit,” Laroche responded, “I think I want to talk to my lawyer.”
Isenor said that “it was obviously a shock for me to hear this” and wanted to give Laroche the opportunity to tell his side of what happened.
“I have nothing else to tell you except with my lawyer,” Laroche said.
But the interrogation continued for hours and Laroche later said: “As I told (the undercover agents), it was either him (Sidney) or me… I think the term is battered woman.”
Isenor pressed her for more details and Laroche responded, “This is the part here where I need to keep my mouth shut about the details.”
Isenor repeatedly gave Laroche the opportunity to confess to the murder for several hours, saying that it would give her relief and freedom.
“Keeping that shit bottled up inside” causes stress and inflammation, Isenor said. “I don’t want that to happen to you.”
Robyn Bartle, Laroche’s best friend and the first person she told about the murder and the first person to first go to the police, came in and they sat on the couch warmly embracing for more than five minutes, the report shows. video played in court. . Sobs are heard and then, for the 45 minutes they were together, the two chatted, laughed and fought.
An officer entered the room and said Bartle would have to leave soon and in what appeared to be an attempt to get Laroche to confess, he said, “knowing she has your back, now it’s your turn, Paris.”
“I want to talk to my lawyer,” he said.
“Get it off your back, get it off, that’s the important thing,” he said.
She later told Isenor again: “I’d rather be sure and talk to my lawyer and see how it goes.”
“I’m going to talk to a lawyer and figure out how to fix this problem,” he said. “I’m pretty sure they’ll give me my options or none at all. “I’m probably going to do some community service or spend some time in jail.”
The officer returned a second time and said the testing team had found “presumptive positive evidence” of blood in his apartment, behind the baseboards, the area he had discussed with the undercover officers because they were concerned about not cleaning well enough. They would be sent to a laboratory for identification, he said.
The officer said investigators discovered she had called in sick on March 5, and was she sure the murder occurred on March 3, the date she said was when they broke up?
The officer, before leaving, let him know that he had the opportunity to “correct us when we are wrong” and that “our job is not to exploit situations” or “twist words.”
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