MONCTON, N.B. — A man accused of kidnapping a New Brunswick woman last year and keeping her captive in his basement apartment for almost a month says they were planning to kill her husband.
Romeo Cormier testified Monday that he had a gun with him on Feb. 26, 2010 — the night of the alleged abduction — when he met the 55-year-old woman outside a Moncton mall.
The 63-year-old Cormier said he told her not to wear anything that could be identified by the police.
He told the jury they were planning to commit a criminal act.
“Her husband was to be deceased between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.,” Cormier told the Court of Queen’s Bench.
Cormier said they drove to her home and parked a short distance away. He said he was nervous and was standing outside the husband’s bedroom window.
He said the woman somehow cut her hand outside the house and that he decided they should leave because she was leaving evidence.
He said a car pulled into the driveway, so they left.
He said she was supposed to go home, but instead she told him, “I’m not going back there tonight.”
He said she stayed the night at his house.
The defence asked if she was held there against her will.
“No, she was not,” he replied.
Cormier said he first met the woman — whose identity is protected by a publication ban — when he was a courier and had to deliver a package to Newfoundland in 1993.
He has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping, forcible confinement, sexual assault, assault with a weapon, theft and uttering death threats.
Alleged kidnapper Romeo Cormier will testify at New Brunswick abduction trial
MONCTON, N.B. — The defence lawyer for a man accused of abducting a New Brunswick woman last year and keeping her captive in his basement apartment for almost a month says his client will testify.
Robert Rideout says Romeo Cormier will take the stand in his defence against charges that he kidnapped a 55-year-old woman in Moncton at knifepoint and held her against her will for 26 days.
The 63-year-old Cormier has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping, forcible confinement, sexual assault, assault with a weapon, theft and uttering death threats.
The woman, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, took the stand last week and testified that Cormier threatened her and sexually assaulted her during her time in captivity.
She said Cormier only left her alone on three occasions and she escaped on March 24, 2010, after he went to a food bank.
Rideout says Cormier will give the jury another explanation of what allegedly took place.