Matchim denies suicide attempt

Moira Baird
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Lawyers make final arguments in court on April 27

Colin Matchim — File Photo

Colin James Matchim, 25, wrapped up testimony Friday morning in his trial on the charge of aggravated assault against his infant daughter.

He is accused of causing permanent brain damage to the child by shaking her March 17, 2009, when she was 3 1/2 months old.

On Thursday, Matchim denied shaking his daughter — recanting a taped confession he made to police a week after the incident.

He told the court he falsely confessed because he was afraid Kate Coombs would lose custody of their child.

Matchim testified that he believes Coombs shook the baby.

During questioning by Crown lawyer Phil LeFeuvre on Friday, Matchim said he confessed the evening of March 26, 2009, because he was sick of all the questions from police and social workers.

LeFeuvre suggested to Matchim that his “confessions are true” and he shook the child and caused her injuries. Matchim denied it.

LeFeuvre also asked Matchim about the pills he took three days after his daughter was taken to hospital.

Matchim took amoxicillin pills and peroxide on the evening of March 20 to help him sleep, according to a police interview transcript.

In court, Matchim denied it was a suicide attempt.

LeFeuvre asked if he is now trying to avoid looking guilty by saying it wasn’t a suicide attempt.

“No, not all,” replied Matchim.

Defence lawyer Scott Hurley later asked Matchim if he thought the pills and peroxide would help him sleep.

Matchim said he wasn’t in a “clear state of mind” at the time.

Crown and defence lawyers are scheduled to make their final arguments April 27 before Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court Justice Wayne Dymond.

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