A Montreal tenant, accused of having shot his landlord to whom he owed the rent money, made several mistakes that ultimately led to his arrest, it was explained at the opening of his trial, Wednesday.
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“Plans go wrong sometimes, and that’s what happened here. There were errors in the planning [du meurtre], in its execution, as well as after, ”explained the Crown attorney, Mr.e Pierre-Olivier Bolduc, at the opening of the trial of Michael David Burns, Wednesday, at the Montreal courthouse.
Burns, 36, is a resident of Roxboro, West Montreal, charged with the first degree murder of Constantinos Tountas in May 2018. At the time, Burns, who lived in an apartment building owned by Mr. Tountas, was behind on the rent payment.
In the basement
“In the phone of [la victime], the police officers found many exchanges between the two men, which will make it possible to understand their dynamics, explained the prosecutor, without giving more details at this stage of the trial.
But, obviously, Burns had some against his owner, since the fateful day, he would have asked him to join him in the basement of the building. Mr. Tountas would have gone to join him, without suspecting that he would be shot with a shotgun.
His death was pronounced on the spot, after the arrival of the patrollers. More than 50 police officers and detectives participated in one way or another in the investigation, the Crown said.
In the garden
After the murder, which evidently took place without a witness, Burns reportedly attempted to hide the murder weapon. Except that the plan would have quickly failed, since the police discovered that the shotgun had been buried in a garden, with ammunition and gloves.
“DNA found [sur les objets] is Burns’, assured the Crown, explaining that experts in forensic biology and ballistics should testify.
Thus, the Crown intends to prove that Burns should be convicted of first degree murder. The latter, however, pleaded not guilty to this charge.
“He intended to kill [M. Tountas], he did it, it was planned and deliberate, ”the Crown retorted, however, explaining that during the presentation of the prosecution’s evidence, the jury will be able to understand the evidence as a whole in order to reach their verdict. .
The trial, scheduled for several weeks, is presided over by Judge James Brunton of the Superior Court of Quebec. Burns is represented by criminal lawyers Francis Le Borgne and Claude Berlinguette-Auger.
It is not known at this point if Burns intends to present a defense since he does not have to do so until the Crown’s case is completed.