Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Common-Law Spouse of Halifax Man Convicted of Murder Calls Him Kind, Genuine

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Common-Law Spouse of Halifax Man Convicted of Murder Calls Him Kind, Genuine

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Garnier's partner calls him kind, genuine

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HALIFAX - The partner of a Halifax man convicted of murdering a woman he met at a downtown bar has written a glowing letter to a judge about Christopher Garnier, calling him a kind, genuine and thoughtful person.

Brittany Francis's letter is one of 31 letters of support submitted to Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Joshua Arnold as part of Garnier's parole ineligibility hearing and made public Tuesday.

Garnier strangled 36-year-old Catherine Campbell, an off-duty Truro police constable, and used a compost bin to dump her body near a harbour bridge on Sept. 11, 2015.

In her letter dated April 4, Francis -- Garnier's common-law spouse -- said that the 30-year-old Garnier has changed her life, taught her how to love herself, and has helped her to grow as a person.

She added: "I love him more today than I ever have."

"I consider myself incredibly lucky to call Christopher my significant other," Francis wrote to Arnold, who presided over Garnier's trial and his parole ineligibility hearing.

"He truly is the best kind of person inside and out," she wrote. "He saved me from me and (has) given me something to look forward to for the future -- our future."

In December, a jury convicted Garnier of second-degree murder and interfering with human remains.

The Crown argues Garnier should have to serve 16 years before he's able to apply for parole, while the defence argues for a parole ineligibility period of 10 years.

Garnier's father, Vince Garnier, wrote a letter appealing for leniency in the case.

"Chris and our family think about Catherine and her family daily. When Chris says (repeatedly) to us that he would gladly give his life to have her back with her family, I know that he is truly sincere," Vince Garnier wrote in his March 26 letter.

"The tremendously tragic event . …

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