Murder trial begins for Toronto man accused of killing his wife by turning off an oxygen machine – Toronto | The Canadian News

Josiph Cardle and Carolyn Campbell had been in a common law domestic relationship for more than 20 years when Campbell was taken off life support on July 11, 2018, six days after Toronto police were called to the apartment at the far end. this of the couple.

In her opening speech at Cardle’s first-degree murder trial, Assistant Crown Prosecutor Beverley Olesko told jury that Campbell was a transgender woman and suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and was dependent on of a respirator at home. Oxygen was delivered to the nose through nasal tips attached to a tube that was connected to a machine.

On the morning of July 11, around 9:40 am, a 911 call was made but Olesko explained that “it was a cut.” When the dispatcher called again and no one picked up, an officer was dispatched to the address associated with the phone number in an apartment building on Pharmacy Avenue, south of St. Clair Avenue East.

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That officer, Const. Jerome Desrochers testified when he got to the apartment, that he knocked on the door and Cardle responded by saying “something like ‘she doesn’t respond.’

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Desrochers said Cardle turned around and started walking toward the apartment before following Cardle inside.

“I saw him bend over (and) I saw him press ‘Turn on the machine,’ which I now know is an oxygen machine. As I passed, I could see pipes on the ground. I could see a woman in a rocking chair who seemed not to respond: with her mouth open, her eyes open, ”he said, explaining how Campbell was connected to the machine.

A portable phone was found on her lap with a missed call on the screen.

Desrochers told the court that he put Campbell down and began CPR, requested additional medical personnel on his police radio, and began questioning Cardle.

It was then that she said that Cardle told her that Campbell had asked her to call 911 because she was not feeling well.

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“He called, gave him the phone and went to his room,” Desrochers testified.

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“At some point, I asked him if he had any illness. He said a lot: cancer, respiratory problems. Before that, I asked her, ‘Did you try to help her?’ He replied ‘I called’. I asked him, ‘Why was the oxygen machine turned off?’ To that answer, there was a pause. He said something like ‘I had turned it off.’

He said Cardle never answered why.

Paramedics arrived and also tried to revive Campbell and managed to take his pulse. The court heard that the 52-year-old woman was rushed to Michael Garron Hospital, where she suffered irreversible brain damage due to lack of oxygen. Life support was removed on July 11.

Another officer who later photographed the apartment testified that he found a power of attorney brochure on the dining room table. He had no names.

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An officer who came to Desrochers’ aid when he made a police radio call for support testified that she spoke to Cardle when he arrived after Desrochers asked her to remove him from the living room.

“[Cardle] He said he turned off the oxygen tank. Said he thought she’d turn it back on. He said he turned it on and off all the time, ”he testified.

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The officer said she warned him when Cardle made the remarks.

“He said they were living together for about 20 years. All you do is complain. He went on to say how he pulled his hamstring the day before. He hadn’t slept in 48 hours. He suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder, ”he told the court.

Cardle, who is out on bail, has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge. He declined to speak to Global News outside of court.

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Olesko told the jury that almost a year before Campbell died on July 15, 2017, Campbell was at home with Cardle. He was having difficulty breathing and called an ambulance for help.

She said that Cardle ripped a chair from under her, causing her to fall to the ground and that he told her, “If I needed help, I could crawl into it.” The jury heard that Cardle was eventually arrested for assaulting Campbell and ultimately pleaded guilty.

Before the opening statement, Judge Al O’Marra explained that the jury arrangement with some sitting behind the attorneys, some on the jury box, and others, where inmates can sometimes sit, was unusual.

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“The pandemic has altered our regular use of such courtrooms,” he explained, assuring the court that jurors, lawyers, and the judge and defendants are fully vaccinated “to give some reassurance regarding the situation of the COVID-19 “.

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