Witness tells murder trial he heard man yelling and ‘revving’ U-Haul truck

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Witnesses disturbed by an early morning incident on a Bowness street that ended in the death of a woman gave varying descriptions Tuesday of what they heard.

Crown prosecutors Hyatt Mograbee and Robert Marquette called four witnesses in the murder trial of Ronald Candaele to explain what they knew of a deadly incident around 4 a.m. on Feb. 10, 2020.

Katelyn Gillies was already awake when she said she heard a man yelling near her 34th Avenue N.W. home.

“I heard yelling outside,” Gillies told Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Blair Nixon.

“I heard a voice yelling ‘I’m out of here,’ ” followed by expletives, she said.

“And then the vehicle took off.”

Gillies said it sounded like the vehicle drove around the block before passing her residence a second time.

That part of her testimony was backed by another witness, who was staying overnight at his then-girlfriend’s home.

Terry Lachance said he was awakened to the sound of “this guy’s voice yelling and yelling.

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“I looked out the window and I didn’t see anyone walking around,” Lachance said.

But he did see a U-Haul truck on the roadway, he said.

“There was someone in the U-Haul just revving it and revving it,” Lachance said.

“He put it in gear and he came around the corner and went right by (my girlfriend’s) house. He must have went around the block because the vehicle came back around again.”

Lachance said he couldn’t make out what was being said before the truck began moving.

“It was a man’s voice and he was yelling at somebody.”

Candaele is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of his wife, Melissa Rae Blommaert, whose body was found on the Bowness street roughly two hours later.

It’s the Crown’s theory Candaele intentionally ran over his new wife with a U-Haul van after they had a dispute, which came just hours following their eviction from their Calgary Housing residence.

Gillies’ husband, Ian, said he also heard a commotion, but didn’t get up to investigate it, believing it was his next-door neighbour.

“Somebody was not happy,” he testified.

“I possibly heard ‘I will kill you,’ ” the husband said.

But under cross-examination by defence lawyer Kim Ross, Ian Gillies said he wasn’t 100 per cent sure what he heard.

He also admitted to Ross that he told police he was certain that the voice was from his neighbour.

According to a statement of agreed facts made an exhibit, that neighbour spent the night at the Mustard Seed and couldn’t have been the source of the yelling.

Candaele’s trial continues Wednesday.

KMartin@postmedia.com

Twitter: @KMartinCourts

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