Husband ran down his new bride with moving truck, killing her, prosecutor says

According to a statement of agreed facts, the couple had loaded up the U-Haul just hours before, after being evicted from their apartment

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The U-Haul truck her newlywed husband allegedly used to run her down and kill her on a Bowness street contained all of Melissa Rae Blommaert’s worldly possessions, his murder trial was told Monday.

Crown prosecutor Hyatt Mograbee, in detailing the case she and co-counsel Robert Marquette with present for Justice Blair Mason, said the couple had just been evicted from their home.

Mograbee said Blommaert’s body was found on 34th Avenue between 79th and 80th Street N.W, in the early morning hours of Feb. 10, 2020.

“The investigation revealed Blommaert and her husband, Ronald John Candaele, were driving around in a U-Haul truck as they had been recently evicted from Calgary housing,” Mograbee said.

She said about two hours before the body of Blommaert, 33, was found witnesses heard a male yelling and “what sounded like an altercation.

“Ms. Blommaert had been driving that U-Haul,” the prosecutor said.

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“She stopped the U-Haul, got out and fled. The accused got into the U-Haul’s driver’s seat, chased her and the Crown alleges he drove over her and crushed her causing her death.

“Ms. Blommaert’s DNA was found on the undercarriage of the U-Haul.”

Mograbee told Nixon it’s the Crown’s theory Candaele intentionally drove over his new bride, the couple were married the previous Dec. 1, with the necessary intent to prove murder.

Police investigate the scene where Melissa Rae Blommaert was killed in Bowness on Feb. 10, 2020.
Police investigate the scene where Melissa Rae Blommaert was killed in Bowness on Feb. 10, 2020. Photo by Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia

Candaele is charged with second-degree murder in his wife’s death.

“The roads were wide, no one else was on that road,” she said.

“It was well lit. The van’s headlights were on and the deceased was in dark clothing, in stark contrast to the white roads, which were covered in snow.”

Candaele then drove away “and left his wife to die.”

According to a statement of agreed facts, read in by the prosecutor, the couple had loaded up the U-Haul just hours before, after they were evicted from their apartment.

“Located in the back storage portion of the U-Haul were all of the deceased’s material possessions,” Mograbee said.

The court exhibit also said Candaele caught a cab in the area about 4 1/2 hours after the alleged murder.

She said Gurmeet Sra dropped off Candaele at a nearby U-Haul office.

“The accused told Mr. Sra that his wife was missing,” Mograbee said.

Meanwhile, in evidence, a resident of the area said he and another motorist discovered Blommaert’s body in the middle of 34th Avenue N.W. shortly after 6 a.m.

“She was cold, her lips were all blue,” David Samuelson testified.

Samuelson said earlier that morning he heard some yelling outside his home.

“I did hear some commotion out front in the middle of the night. I didn’t look at the clock,” he said.

“I heard a male voice say ‘f— you,’ and then there was a slam, a car door slam and then the car drove away.”

The trial is expected to last two weeks.

KMartin@postmedia.com

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