New Brunswick

Alleged kidnap victim denies plot to kill husband

The woman at the centre of a high-profile kidnapping trial denied allegations that she plotted to shoot her husband, saying she wouldn't kill her husband "for something like Romeo Cormier."

The woman at the centre of a high-profile kidnapping trial in Moncton, N.B., denied allegations that she plotted to shoot her husband, saying she wouldn't kill her husband "for something like Romeo Cormier."

The woman, who cannot be identified because of a publication ban, was recalled by the prosecution on Wednesday to counter Cormier's testimony.

Cormier, 63, is facing six charges, including kidnapping and sexual assault. He had spent two days testifying, describing how he and his accuser plotted to kill her husband and saying the woman could have left his Moncton rooming house whenever she wanted.

The woman was asked by the Crown prosecutor if she ever planned to kill her husband.

"That never happened. My husband and I have a great relationship. He just retired and we were going to go to Florida every year," she said. 

"Why would I kill my husband for something like Romeo Cormier?"

Plan fell apart: Cormier

Earlier in the trial, the woman said Cormier abducted her from a downtown Moncton shopping mall parking lot on Feb. 26, 2010, and took her to a nearby rooming house.

She said he held her captive and repeatedly sexually assaulted her until she escaped after 26 days.

However, Cormier told the court that he and the woman were plotting to kill her husband on the night of Feb. 26.

According to Cormier, the plan fell apart after the woman cut her hand and a car drove by the house. He told the court he was looking into the bedroom window before the plot disintegrated. 

The entire story of the two going to the woman's house is fiction, she testified. The woman told the court she has never been to her house with Cormier, and her two bedroom windows are located roughly 2.4 metres and 2.7 metres off the ground.

While the woman testified she had never seen Cormier before the kidnapping, Cormier told the court he has known his accuser since 1993 after first meeting her in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Cormier also testified that he showed the woman how to use his .22-calibre gun and he left it unattended in his room.

She said she never saw any guns in his room and Cormier never showed her how to use it.

"If that happened, he wouldn't be sitting there today," she said.

The trial has adjourned until Monday, when the lawyers will give their closing arguments. 

Cormier cross-examined over criminal history

Earlier Wednesday, Cormier recounted his lengthy criminal history during a short cross-examination at his trial in Moncton.

A Crown attorney spent about 10 minutes cross-examining Cormier. When the accused was asked, "Is it fair to say you've been in defiance of the law your whole life" and "Is it fair to say you've lived your whole life in dishonesty," he answered yes.

Cormier was asked to detail his criminal history, which dates back to 1984 when he robbed his father-in-law.

"I robbed the son of a bitch, OK," Cormier said.

He received four years and six months in prison for the armed robbery.

His next brush with the law came in 1994, when he robbed a liquor store.

Cormier told the court he robbed the store at 10 p.m. because he knew there wouldn't be women and children in there.

"I have morals," Cormier said of his reasoning behind the time he robbed the store.

He received five years for the liquor store robbery.

He was also convicted for possession of drugs in 2002 and theft in 2004.

Judge asks defence to control Cormier

Court of Queen's Bench Justice Zoël Dionne again cautioned the defence to control Cormier during his questions.

After offering a lengthy response on his criminal history, Dionne warned his lawyer not to allow Cormier to continue talking.

"We're not here to listen to whatever Mr. Cormier wants to say about his past convictions," Dionne said.

The Crown prosecutor also asked Cormier whether he believes he has an eccentric personality.

Cormier said Romeo is "a Shakespearean name," so he's eccentric.

Once the Crown wrapped up the cross-examination, the defence rested its case.

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