Christopher Vladislov Sawicki sits in court awaiting trial. Photo by Cory Hurley/Transcontinental Media
The second-degree murder trial of Christopher Vladislov Sawicki will likely have less to do with whether or not he killed his neighbour in Piccadilly in April 2008 and more to do with whether he is criminally responsible for the death.
Sawicki's trial started Monday in Corner Brook, where a jury heard that, according to the agreed statement of facts presented by the Crown and defence, Sawicki has admitted to having stabbed 57-year-old George Benoit to death, burned down his shed, and stolen his vehicle.
Sawicki has bipolar mood disorder and has said he was friends with Benoit and his wife.
His trial is expected to last four days.
The Western Star