A paramedic who treated accused murderer Andrew Berry testified Thursday that the accused told him, “Someone just kill me now.”
A paramedic testified Thursday that accused murderer Andrew Berry twice said to him “Someone just kill me now” when the paramedic arrived at the accused’s Oak Bay apartment.
The testimony of Keith Williamson was given at the Vancouver trial for Berry, who has pleaded not guilty to the Dec. 25, 2017, second-degree murders of his daughters Chloe, 6, and Aubrey, 4.
The trial has heard that police went to the apartment after Berry’s wife complained that her estranged husband had not returned the children as part of their custody agreement.
Police and firefighters have testified that they were confronted with a horrific scene — two dead girls and an injured and naked Berry lying in the bathtub. The Crown’s theory is that Berry fatally stabbed the girls and then inflicted wounds on himself.
Williamson said that when he arrived at the apartment it was dark, but that he was able to see multiple toys strewn about and “quite a bit” of blood.
When he was directed into the bathroom, he saw clothing and toys and what appeared to be more blood around the toilet area and sink.
With multiple flashlights trained on the scene, he could see a naked adult male lying in the bathtub, Williamson told a B.C. Supreme Court jury.
Williamson said that the man, who he later learned was Berry, had his left eye open and there were slash wounds to the left side of his chest with some small puncture wounds, a puncture wound to the throat and large swelling that shut the right eye.
When he introduced himself to Berry and asked him to describe his injuries, Berry raised his left arm and pointed to his chest, said Williamson.
Berry then said, “Someone just kill me now,” said Williamson, who is retired after 24 years of service but still does part-time work.
He said Berry’s voice was low and not excitable, and “he was in a kind of blank state.”
Berry’s pulse and breathing were “adequate” so he decided to move the patient to a stretcher in the hallway.
With the assistance of a firefighter who was also at the scene, they lifted Berry out of the bathtub and almost had him in a standing position, but then Berry collapsed to the floor, said Williamson.
That’s when Berry again said, “Someone just kill me now,” said Williamson.
Berry was taken and placed in a stretcher and then had blankets placed around him before he was wheeled out to an ambulance, said Williamson.
Under cross-examination, Berry’s lawyer Kevin McCullough got Williamson to agree that Berry had said someone had just “killed” him.
Williamson was also forced to admit that he had failed to write up a patient report following the incident, as required.
Asked by McCullough why he had not written the report, Williamson said the call to the apartment was an “emotional” one for him and that he was supposed to be going to a family dinner for Christmas that night and that he just wanted to get home.
McCullough suggested Williamson had a “terrible” memory of the night in question, a suggestion that was denied by the witness.
The defence lawyer pointed out a number of inconsistencies between statements Williamson made to the Crown last year and his testimony at trial, again putting it to him that his memory was bad.
Williamson agreed that on those issues his memory was not good, but insisted his memories of dealing with Berry’s medical needs were good.
The trial continues Monday.
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