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Crown finishes presenting evidence on Day 12 of trial into murder of Tina Fontaine



John Murray
APTN News
Raymond Cormier admitted to having sex with 15-year-old Tina Fontaine to undercover officers who were secretly recording their conversations.

Undercover police officers wore recording devices they called “body packs.”

Cormier is accused of killing Fontaine, an Anishinaabe girl from Sagkeeng First Nation, whose body was recovered from Winnipeg’s Red River in August 2014.

Cormier, 55, seemed unfazed as he sat in the prisoners box looking down at a transcript of the recordings as they played.

“You think you’ll get the murder out of me. Hmm. That’s f***in’ it man. Get away from me. Ugh f***er off, get outta here. F*** you. F***!” Raymond Cormier uttered these words to himself while alone in his apartment late one night in November 2015.

Winnipeg police had secretly placed “probes,” electronic listening devices, in his apartment.

The jury also heard a recording of Cormier telling a fellow drug user not to overdose.

He said, “don’t overdose here or your body will be wrapped up in a f***ing carpet and thrown in the river.”

One undercover police officer befriended Cormier while they lived on the same floor of an apartment building. He gave Cormier odd jobs and paid him in cash.

That officer, in one recording, was heard asking Cormier if he loved Fontaine. Cormier replied that he only wanted to have sex with her until he found out she was 15.

In another recording Cormier is heard saying he never murdered anyone, and then later said he beat two murders.

The Crown wrapped up its case Wednesday. The defense will continue the trial Thursday.

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