Trial starts for Saint John brothers in fatal home invasion
Crown prosecutor expects to call 27 witnesses during trial
The trial of twin brothers charged in connection with a robbery that turned deadly started on Monday in Saint John.
Bradley and Brandon Saia are accused of breaking into a Saint John home on the city’s west side last November, while wearing masks and carrying weapons.
Two men ended up stabbed that night and one of them died of his injuries.
Jill Knee, a Crown prosecutor, said on Monday she plans to call 27 witnesses over the next week and a half, including police officers who responded to the scene early on Nov. 3.
Knee said the night before, Christopher Reid and a woman went to bed in fear, a machete and a knife on their bedside table.
Later that night, Knee said, five intruders broke down their door and demanded drugs and money.
A single package of drugs was handed over.
When police arrived, two men were lying injured on either side of Prince Street.
Knee said one of them was an intruder. Andrew Dennison, 18, died of his injuries.
Reid was also stabbed in the back.
Two of the five intruders, including a youth, have already pleaded guilty to their offences and await sentencing.
The jury has yet to hear any testimony from any witnesses.
Justice Judy Clendening adjourned the court on Monday afternoon, citing unforeseen circumstances.
However, the trial is expected to continue on Tuesday.