Accused murderer Trevor Pardy becomes emotional after seeing his family members outside Courtroom No. 7 at provincial court in St. John’s Wednesday afternoon. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram
Trevor Pardy choked up when he saw his family.
Three women were huddled behind reporters, avoiding media cameras, but they made a point of greeting their brother and nephew.
“Hi Trevor,” his sister said to him as he was escorted out of Courtroom No. 7 at provincial court in St. John’s.
“Love you,” his other sister said.
Pardy acknowledged them, and his aunt, and held back tears as sheriff’s officers opened the door leading to the holding cells.
Pardy made a brief appearance in court Wednesday afternoon, about two weeks after he was arrested for murdering his girlfriend, Triffie Wadman.
It was sombre in the courtroom, where about a dozen of Wadman’s family and friends sat in the front row.
Pardy’s new lawyer, Jeff Brace, told the judge he was waiting for more police evidence. Crown prosecutor Iain Hollett confirmed he had recently received statements and audio recordings from the RNC and would give it to Brace by the end of the week.
The case will be back in court Oct. 31, when a date for a preliminary hearing could be set.
While Pardy was emotional Wednesday, he appeared physically stronger than he was during his last court appearance.
On Oct. 3, he had to be physically supported by two sheriff’s officers as he left the courtroom.
The 34-year-old Mount Pearl man faces a charge of first-degree murder in Wadman’s shooting death.
Pardy is accused of shooting the 30-year-old woman on Boggy Hall Place off Forbes Street in the Topsail Road area.
He was taken into custody after a four-hour armed standoff with police.
Witnesses called the RNC at around 1 a.m. on Oct. 1, reporting that a woman was lying in the street.
Neighbours reported hearing gunshots during a physical altercation.
Wadman — a native of Freshwater, Placentia Bay, who lived in St. John’s — was transported to hospital and treated for gunshot wounds.
She later died of her injuries.
During the standoff with Pardy, police closed off Topsail Road from Columbus Drive to Colville Place, with Forbes Street and Hazelwood Crescent also under surveillance.
The police removed a vehicle that they have said was owned by Pardy.
Several homes in the area were evacuated during the standoff in the interest of public safety.
With the help of a crisis negotiator, the incident ended at around 5:30 a.m., when officers physically brought Pardy down.
Pardy was not injured, but was taken to hospital due to a pre-existing medical condition.
No shots were fired during the standoff.
A firearm believed to have been used in the shooting of Wadman was recovered by police.
When his case was first called in court Oct. 1, Pardy participated via audio link from a private area in the hospital.
According to Pardy’s legal aid lawyer at the time, Pardy was having “suicidal inclinations.”
While he’s in custody, Pardy is not to have any contact with members of Wadman’s family.