The Crown’s star witness in the Tim Bosma murder trial took the stand to testify Wednesday.
Christina Noudga was Dellen Millard’s girlfriend at the time the Ancaster father went missing, and was with him in the days following the murder.
Described as tall and striking with long dark hair, the 24-year-old is also facing a charge of being an accessory after the fact in the murder. Noudga’s trail is set for November.
She’s accused of hiding evidence, including a digital video recorder (DVR) with surveillance video of co-accused Millard and Mark Smich, at the Millardair hangar on May 7, 2013 when the Crown alleges Bosma’s body was being burned.
Noudga didn’t know the answers to many of the questions presented by the Crown Wednesday.
She told the jury that between May 6 to 9, 2013, she hadn’t seen Millard, and hardly heard from him. When shown text conversations between the two in court, Noudga says she didn’t know what it meant when Millard said he was going on a “mission,” responding, “missions could be all-sorts of things.”
Noudga says her and Millard spent everyday together, so it was “unusual” that he blew her off for nearly three days.
The next time Noudga would see Millard was May 9, 2013 when he pulled up to her house hauling a trailer carrying Bosma’s truck. She described her boyfriend as “lethargic” with bloodshot eyes. Noudga says she didn’t ask Millard why.
She said she remembers smoking some marijuana and performing a “sexual favour” on Millard while he drove that night. They dropped the trailer off at Millard’s mother’s home in Kleinburg, then headed to his air hangar in Waterloo. From there, they went to Millard’s farm in Ayr, the whole time claiming she didn’t ask any questions.
Police found the DVR in Noudga’s bedroom closet during their investigation. She says she didn’t ask why Millard wanted her to keep the DVR, a “stereo thingy” as she called it.
She had no curiosity when he asked her to “hold on to it,” not even when he got arrested the next day or charged with Bosma’s murder. It didn’t even spark her own curiosity until Noudga herself, was arrested in April 2014. The DVR sat in her closet for six months.
At Millard’s farm, Noudga remembers putting on rubber gloves and helping Millard move the incinerator (The Eliminator) to a concealed location.
Police Sergeant Kerry Duenich testified that several letters were recovered from Noudga’s home 11 months after Millard’s arrest. The letters were found in Nougda’s messy bedroom and were written to her by Millard from his jail cell. He asked her to destroy them, but she did not.
Noudga testified she dated Millard starting in 2010, when she was 18 and he was 25.
The now 24-year-old told the court she was in love with him, although Noudga says she had “suspicions” that Millard was cheating on her, but he always denied it.
Noudga has requested that her evidence be protected under the Canada Evidence Act. It will prevent lawyers from using evidence at this trial against Noudga when she answers to charges of accessory after the fact to murder.
30-year-old Millard and 28-year-old Smich are on trial for the first-degree murder of Bosma, who disappeared May 6, 2013 after taking two men for a test drive in his pickup truck.
The Crown believes Bosma was shot point-blank in the truck and then incinerated.