Double-murder suspect acted paranoid and tried to deflect attention to escape being caught, Crown suggests

Article content

Accused killer Christopher Naidu’s paranoia and deflecting behaviour in the hours after the murders of his drug partners point to him as the assailant, a prosecutor said Monday.

But Naidu’s lawyer said his client’s conduct following the ambush killings of the two men with whom he trafficked cocaine was consistent with a fear he may be next.

“If you’re the last surviving member of a group, two of which have recently been killed, one ought to be concerned,” defence counsel Jim Lutz told Justice Jim Eamon.

Crown prosecutor Todd Buziak suggested Naidu’s conduct when he was told of the April 20, 2018, shooting deaths of Joshua (Bigs) Bamfo and Mahad (Moody) Ainanshe pointed to him as the killer.

Buziak said the Crown’s theory is Naidu arranged to meet his business partners in an alley in the northwest community of Evanston to kill them and take the cell phone which contained all the contacts the trio had for their dial-a-dope business.

Article content

He said not only did Naidu get the phone while fatally shooting the two victims, he was able to steal $8-10,000 a witness said Ainanshe was carrying.

When Naidu went to the home of Bamfo, a longtime friend, the following day, he was able to leave behind hundreds of dollars he and the dead man’s sister, Crystal, discovered in his bedroom.

“He’s trying to deflect attention away from himself, why would he steal a few hundred dollars when he already has the phone, when he already has $8-10,000,” Buziak said.

“That’s not a lot of money compared to what he’s already acquired.”

Buziak also noted Naidu repeatedly told the sister he needed to find a lawyer, to keep him informed about the police investigation and to not provide them with his contact information.

“He doesn’t want to get nailed,” the prosecutor said.

“It’s more consistent with a deflection and not wanting to get caught than with a concern for what happened.”

But Lutz said the reaction of his client, who faces two charges of first-degree murder in the slaying, was not that of a cold-blooded killer.

He noted when Naidu saw Bamfo’s mother for the first time after learning of his friend’s death he broke down in tears.

“Common sense suggests that is not the reaction of an individual who is responsible,” Lutz said.

Any paranoia Naidu displayed would have been justified in the circumstances, he said.

“Mr. Naidu has good reason to be concerned about his safety and his jeopardy as a drug dealer.”

And Lutz said Buziak’s suggestion his client escaped with a load of cash and the client phone was simply speculation.

His arguments continue on Tuesday.

KMartin@postmedia.com

Twitter: @KMartinCourts

View Source