Mother of murdered woman not surprised by charge

Danette Dooley
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The mother of a woman murdered in her St. John's apartment two years ago says she's not surprised it's her daughter's estranged husband who has been charged with the crime.

Ray Newman, 31, was charged with second-degree murder Thursday in the death of Chrissy Predham-Newman.

The 28-year-old's body was discovered by relatives in her Airport Heights apartment on Jan. 21, 2007, where she'd moved with her baby girl Ireland after separating from her husband.

Chrissy Predham-Newman

The mother of a woman murdered in her St. John's apartment two years ago says she's not surprised it's her daughter's estranged husband who has been charged with the crime.

Ray Newman, 31, was charged with second-degree murder Thursday in the death of Chrissy Predham-Newman.

The 28-year-old's body was discovered by relatives in her Airport Heights apartment on Jan. 21, 2007, where she'd moved with her baby girl Ireland after separating from her husband.

"Her court day for her separation and custody issue was Jan. 31, which was her birthday, and that was 10 days after her death. That's the same day I got her remains back," Harvey says during a telephone interview from her home in Ottawa.

Predham-Newman moved to Newfoundland from Ottawa in 2004 to be near her father.

After a quick courtship with Newman, the couple married on May 14, 2005.

By September 2006 they'd separated, Harvey says.

Harvey says that just days after the marriage, her daughter realized she'd made a mistake.

"Chrissy was not one of these women who'd stay in an abusive relationship. She got out as soon as she could and she did everything by the book," Harvey says, explaining that her daughter contacted a lawyer for advice.

Ireland, who will be four in September, was 16 months old at the time of her mother's murder.

According to Harvey, the abuse her daughter endured was verbal.

It was not something she wanted Ireland exposed to.

Predham-Newman and Ireland visited Harvey in Ottawa during Christmas 2006 - the month before her murder.

At that time, they discussed housing options for Predham-Newman, who was planning to move back to Ottawa with Ireland.

"Her plan was to move back here by Easter, which was in April."

Difficult wait

While waiting for police to make an arrest was extremely difficult, Harvey says, she's grateful to the RNC for carrying out a thorough and exhaustive investigation, and for "leaving no stone unturned."

"I am relieved that there has been an arrest, but I also realize that this is just the beginning of a long process. I'm confident that the Crown attorneys will work tirelessly to bring this to a positive conclusion."

Harvey says she's particularly grateful to Insp. Dean Roberts and his investigative team.

"He has always been available to me over the past 29 months. He has provided me with regular updates and has been available to me day or night to answer my questions and concerns. I know sometimes I probably wasn't very easy on him, but he always understood," Harvey says.

While she visits her granddaughter, who is living with relatives in St. John's, a couple of times a year, Harvey feels she'd be incapable of sitting through Newman's trial.

"The thought of going to Newfoundland makes me physically ill because all I can think about is the day I had to get on the plane and go down and get her body and bring her home. If Ireland wasn't there, I'd never go back," she says.

danette@nl.rogers.com

Organizations: Airport Heights

Geographic location: Ireland, St. John's, Ottawa Newfoundland

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