RCMP officer recounts call with slain northern Alberta woman

The RCMP officer who spoke to Brenda Moreside before she was fatally stabbed in 2005 said she had no concerns about her safety.

Brenda Moreside killed by fiance after 911 call

The RCMP officer who spoke to Brenda Moreside before she was fatally stabbed in 2005 said she had no concerns about her safety. 

Const. Devon Bateman didn’t go to the house after speaking to Moreside on the phone, he told a fatality inquiry in Edmonton on Tuesday. 

Brenda Moreside died after she was stabbed seven times in February 2005. ((Family handout))

Shortly afterwards, Moreside was fatally stabbed by her fiance Stanley Willier. Her body wasn't discovered for another 12 days. Willier was eventually convicted of manslaughter.

Bateman told the inquiry that he was asked to call Moreside by the operator who took her 911 call.

The operator didn’t tell him that Willier was trying to push through the door that Moreside was holding.   

While he was told that Willier had entered the house through a window, he lived there and hadn't broken any laws, Bateman said. 

During the call, Moreside asked the officer: "Are you going to wait until he kills me before you come?"

Bateman responded by asking if she was concerned about her safety. Moreside said she wasn't. 

“I just don’t want to deal with him,” Bateman recalled her telling him. “Can you come and put him in the drunk tank for the night?”

Bateman was at the end of his shift and about to go on vacation but he told the court that wasn't a factor in his decision not to check up on her. 

Instead, he attributed that to a lack of experience.

He acknowledges he should have checked Willier’s criminal background which would have revealed that Moreside filed a assault complaint against him six months before she was killed.

With files from The Canadian Press


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