Toronto

Panhandler's friend was high on night of slaying

The woman who was with Nicole Kish on the night she is accused of stabbing Ross Hammond to death testified Wednesday she was too drunk and high to recall exactly what happened.

The woman who was with Nicole Kish on the night she is accused of stabbing Ross Hammond to death testified she was too drunk and high to recall exactly what happened.

Faith Watts, then 23, was with Kish on Queen Street West after midnight on Aug. 9, 2007.

Police allege Kish, 24, stabbed Hammond multiple times during a fight after he refused to give her friend money. Hammond died three days after the stabbing.

Kish has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. Watts is a U.S. citizen and her testimony was recorded on video last year in San Francisco and played in court on Wednesday.

Kish and Watts had met in New Orleans and lived a nomadic existence, travelling from city to city with their boyfriends.

In her recorded testimony, Watts said that on the night Hammond was stabbed, she had been drinking all day and was high on Oxycontin.

Watts said she was carrying a knife that night, and told the court it had been stolen from a store in Montreal.

Watts said she was carrying the knife for protection. Watts said Kish told her she didn't have her own knife because her boyfriend protected her on the street. 

'I was scared'

In her testimony, Watts said Hammond and his friends started swearing at her and Kish.

"I was scared," Watts testified. "I know I whipped out my knife and one of the guys ripped it out of my hand."

Later she testified, "I am pretty sure it was Hammond who took it."

Watts said she didn't see the fight, which ended in Hammond's death.

Watts said she only saw Hammond afterward on a stretcher while he was being taken to the hospital.

Watts, a U.S. citizen, was ordered to leave Canada after serving time for assaulting a police officer and obstructing justice the night Hammond died.

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