(picture courtesy of court exhibit)
Emotions boiled over for Tim Bosma’s family on Wednesday, during an especially emotional day of testimony at his murder trial.
Sobbing was heard and some members of the Bosma family exited the courtroom as the jury heard from Hamilton Police Sgt. Annette Huys, a forensic officer who detailed what she found inside a 500 lb. incinerator found on Dellen Millard’s farm in Ayr, Ont.
Huys testified she worried someone could be inside it based on how large it was. Huys told the jury that when she opened the doors of the 11-foot tall “Eliminator” on May 11, 2013, she found two charred, cracked and splintered bones.
The court was shown photos of the bones, one smaller than the other. Officers brought them to a forensic anthropologist where it was confirmed the bones were human.
The discovery was made shortly after Millard’s arrest while the forensics officer was on the farm executing a search warrant. Millard had not yet been charged with first degree murder at the time.
Millard, of Toronto, and Mark Smich, of Oakville, have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Bosma’s death.
Bosma disappeared on the night of May 6, 2013, after taking two strangers on a test drive of a black Dodge Ram pickup truck he was trying to sell.
His body was found more than a week later burned beyond recognition.
The Crown has alleged Bosma was shot inside his truck and later his body was burned in an incinerator.
Police were led through the property by a man named Chaz Main, who had been dirt biking on the property before being stopped by police. Main testified he told police he had noticed a bunch of odd activity, including the smoker in the woods. Main said he didn’t know Millard, but was familiar with the case.
He told the court he took photos of the Eliminator because no one would believe that a brand new incinerator was placed in the middle of a swamp.
The testimony took an emotional toll on Bosma’s family and friends. The photo evidence flashed for hours on Wednesday, showing dozens of pictures of bones found inside the incinerator. Wednesday’s graphic evidence hit Bosma’s family especially hard. Some members left the courtroom, others held each other and wiped tears from their eyes.
Main said he spotted seen burn marks on the ground in a field near where the incinerator was found.
During cross-examination, Millard’s lawyer Nadir Sachak focused on Main’s presence in the fields. Main told the court he had an arrangement with a farmer who owned parts of the fields. For a case of beer and a bottle of Crown Royal whiskey, he and a friend were allowed to ride in the fields.
Sachak also asked about the path near a tree line on the property where the incinerator was found. Main testified no one ever told him he couldn’t walk along the pathway.
Main said the excavator had been in the same place since winter.