(trailer picture presented in court)
The trial of two men accused of killing Tim Bosma in 2013 continues Wednesday in a Hamilton court.
Details about the police search for Bosma were presented to the court on Tuesday.
The court heard that an encounter with a reporter led one man to call police about a suspicious trailer he’d seen in the days after Bosma disappeared.
Frank Cianfarani testified he noticed a trailer in the background of a photo shown to him by a reporter who came to his door. Cianfarani testified Tuesday in Superior Court, “there was a trailer in the background of the photo, and that same trailer was parked in the driveway next to my home.”
The driveway in question belonged to Madeline Burns, Dellen Millard’s mother, in Kleinburg, Ontario.
The 30-year-old Millard and 28-year-old Mark Smich have both pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder.
Soon after speaking to the reporter, Cianfarani called police.
York Regional Police Const. Mark Levangi testified that when police arrived at the home and saw the trailer, they were hopeful Bosma might still be inside. The court heard based on the way the trailer was parked it was impossible to see its license plates or gain entrance to the main door.
Another witness, Gian Luca Consiglio, who lives across the street, told the court the trailer was left in the driveway on May 9th, three days after Bosma disappeared after taking two strangers on a test drive of a black Dodge Ram pickup truck he was trying to sell.
York Regional Police didn’t get an answer when they knocked on the door of the home. Investigators used a bolt cutter to remove locks on two smaller side doors to get inside the trailer.
Bosma wasn’t inside the trailer, but investigators did find his truck.
“I recognized it as being a Dodge Ram,” York Regional Police Det. Const. Cory Weick testified. There were no plates on the truck, and “the interior of the truck appeared to have been partially stripped,” he said.
Police confirmed the truck in the trailer was Bosma’s after checking the VIN number. Investigators also did a search of the VIN number for the trailer and learned it was registered to Millard Air.
The Crown alleges Bosma was shot inside his truck and that his body was later burned in an incinerator.
Rogers Communications representative Danielle Fortier also testified on Tuesday. Fortier, a senior investigator in corporate investigations, was qualified as a witness on cellphone records and the Rogers phone network.
Court heard police made a number requests to Rogers about phones pertaining to the case, one of which was Millard’s. Phone records were presented, indicating Millard’s phone pinged off a tower in Ancaster at 9:02 p.m. on the night Bosma disappeared.
Fortier testified Rogers doesn’t keep statistics on the percentage of cellphone calls that access the nearest tower and admitted during cross-examination in rural areas, cellphones can be up to 35 kilometres away from the towers they ping.