Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Key Witness Testifies at Fisherman's Second-Degree Murder Trial in Cape Breton

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Key Witness Testifies at Fisherman's Second-Degree Murder Trial in Cape Breton

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Key witness testifies at murder trial

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PORT HAWKESBURY, N.S. - A crew member aboard a fishing boat told a murder trial in Cape Breton on Monday that Phillip Boudreau was shot at and hooked with a fishing gaff after the captain suspected him of "playing" with their lobster traps.

Craig Landry testified at the murder trial of Joseph James Landry, who has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in Boudreau's death.

The captain of the Twin Maggies suspected Boudreau had been tampering with their lobster traps before they steamed towards his boat at full speed on June 1, 2013, Craig Landry told the jury trial in the Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Port Hawkesbury.

Craig Landry said after spotting Boudreau on the water, Dwayne Matthew Samson said in French: "It must be Phillip. Keep an eye on him. ... He must be playing with the traps again."

Craig Landry testified that Samson then said, "He's going to get a scare this time," before asking Joseph James Landry to shoot at Boudreau.

"James knelt down on one knee against the (wheel)house and pulled the trigger," said Craig Landry, who earlier said that he and Joseph James Landry are third cousins and that he has known him for his whole life.

Craig Landry said Boudreau pleaded for Joseph James Landry to stop firing at him, yelling, "Stop, James. Stop."

"Phillip said he wasn't doing anything, he wasn't cutting any traps," said Craig Landry. "He said, 'Stop James. You broke my leg.'"

Craig Landry said Boudreau's boat was then rammed several times in Cape Breton's Petit de Grat harbour by the Twin Maggies before Joseph James Landry hooked Boudreau with a fishing gaff and dragged him out to sea.

Craig Landry told the jury the gaff slipped several times. He said at one point, Joseph James Landry lifted up the gaff to find Boudreau's sweater. Craig Landry said Joseph James Landry hooked Boudreau again. …

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