Court releases video evidence from the Catherine Campbell murder trial

The Crown in the second-degree murder trial of 29-year-old Christopher Garnier is using a lot of video evidence to try to prove their claim that he murdered Catherine Campbell, an off-duty Truro police officer, early on the morning of Sept. 11, 2015.

Videos show Campbell and Garnier at a bar and a man dragging a compost bin down a street

Christopher Garnier, charged with second-degree murder in the death of Truro, N.S., police officer Const. Catherine Campbell, arrives at Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax earlier this week. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press)

The prosecution in the second-degree murder trial of Christopher Garnier is using a lot of video surveillance footage to try to prove that he murdered Catherine Campbell, an off-duty Truro police officer, early on the morning of Friday, Sept. 11, 2015.

In this first week of the trial at Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax, the Crown showed the jury security camera footage from inside the Alehouse, a downtown Halifax bar. Campbell and Garnier arrived separately at the bar that night but they eventually met up and left together.

The security footage shows the pair in what one police officer called during testimony a "passionate" embrace. A former doorman at the Alehouse testified that he had to caution Campbell and Garnier to "cool it" because their behaviour wasn't appropriate in a public place.

The body of Catherine Campbell, a Truro police officer, was found dumped near Halifax's Macdonald Bridge in September 2015. 0:36

Police were eventually able to find a cab driver who told of picking up a couple in the downtown bar district and driving them to an address on McCully Street in north-end Halifax. As their search widened, police recovered security video from a business adjacent to the McCully Street apartment.

That video shows the rear parking lot of the Soma Vein and Laser Centre on Agricola Street. At one point just before 5 a.m., a person can be seen dragging a large green compost bin toward the McCully Street address.

The body of Catherine Campbell, a Truro police officer, was found near Halifax's Macdonald Bridge after she failed to report to her job on Sept. 14, 2015. 0:47

A short time later, the same figure is seen dragging the bin in the opposite direction. The Crown alleges Garnier placed Campbell's body in that green bin and dragged her to a spot under the Macdonald Bridge, where he dumped her.

The trial will resume on Monday.

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