Public Inquiry | Wife of Nova Scotia shooting tells her story

(Halifax) The wife of the man responsible for the 2020 mass shooting in Nova Scotia first began telling her story Friday morning in the public inquiry into the tragedy.

Posted at 11:28
Updated at 4:16 pm.

Lisa Banfield said she lied to the police about his illegal weapons and did not report previous violent behavior because she was too afraid of him.

The woman struggled to maintain her composure as she described how her partner beat her in 2003 in front of witnesses, and provided new details of what happened when her husband threatened to kill his parents in 2010.

The commissioners heard that Lisa Banfield was beaten and seriously injured by the killer before he began the killing spree on the night of April 18, 2020. She told officers and commission investigators that she escaped in a wooded area before later going out for an emergency alert. Services that her husband was still at large on the morning of April 19.

At the time, the suspect was dressed as a policeman and was driving a car disguised as a Royal Imaginary Police patrol car.

The committee that examined the mass shooting incident on April 18-19, 2020 agreed to allow M.I Banfield to testify without questioning lawyers representing other parties, primarily because she might be traumatized by having to relive the violence she experienced. It was the first time, Friday, that she had spoken publicly about the tragedy.

Rulers are exemptI Banfield must answer questions about his violent 19-year relationship with the killer.

painful story

certificate of mr.I Banfield was heart-wrenching and poignant at times, particularly when he described what happened in June 2010 when Mr. Wortman’s uncle alerted Halifax police because his nephew had threatened to kill his parents over a property dispute.

Lisa Banfield remembered that the killer had been drinking heavily when he shot the wall of their house in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, terrifying him. When a Halifax police officer arrived at their doorstep, the woman confessed to lying when asked about death threats and whether her husband owned weapons.

When I asked attorney Jillian Hanatiwa why she lied,I Banfield cried as he explained.

“He was holding the gun by the bedside table, and he said, ‘If the police come, I’ll shoot,'” she said. So when they asked me that, I didn’t want them in, because I didn’t want them to. [les policiers] get infected. »

Mr. Wortman threatened his wife with a pistol on other occasions,I Bankfield. “There were several times when he was […] Put the gun to my head to scare me. He said he could blow my head off. So I was terrified. I’m sorry, I won’t say anything […] “I was afraid of what he would do,” she said.

The old men knew he had weapons and what he was doing. And they were afraid of him. So what was I supposed to do? »

When a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer showed up at the couple’s summer home in Portapique, Nova Scotia, after reporting the death threat, Mr. Lisa Banfield.

She confirmed that the officer in question was Officer Greg Wiley, who had known Mr. Wortman for years. She later told investigators that he had gone to his home in Portapique 16 times.

Me Hanatio also posed questions to Mr.I Banfield in a violent attack at a rally in Lake Sutherland, north of Portapique. In previous interviews with the investigative committee, she said the attack occurred in 2001 or 2002, but confirmed on Friday that it was 2003 instead.

She testified that when she tried to leave the party in the woods, Mr. Wortman got angry. She said that when the couple drove away, he started hitting her.

She said as I drove back to the side road, he was yelling at me, while the courtroom fell silent. He started punching me in the face. I said to myself: No one has ever hit me before […] And I was trying to drive. He kept kicking me in the head. »

She claimed she jumped out of the car and ran into the woods, then chased after her before catching her.

“He grabbed me by the hair and was punching me, and I was trying to protect myself,” she said. I was screaming. pulled me out of the way […] And then I could see these two [véhicules tout-terrain] Their lights were upon me. Look up and release me.

MI Banfield said police then took him to his home in Portapique.

When asked why she refused to report the assault to the police, Ms.I Banfield responded that this was the first time someone had hit her, and that she didn’t want to “cause anyone trouble”.

“Good man” at first sight

The committee’s attorney, Jillian Hanatio, posed a series of questions to Ms.I Banfield about the first moments of his meeting with the perpetrator of the massacre. A relationship that began in 2001 when they met at a bar in downtown Halifax.

Lisa Banfield said he showed up on their first date with Twenty Roses. “I thought that was an exaggeration,” she said frankly.

She then recounted how, that evening, she was touched by his reaction when a young female driver had hit his car. MI Banfield stated that the man was polite and collected despite the misfortune.

“I told myself he was a good man,” she recalls.

Some relatives of the victims are attending Friday’s hearing at the Halifax Convention Center.

MI Banfield is accompanied by two of her sisters, Janice and Maureen.

Me Hnatiw showed a series of photos on M.I Banfield, where you can see the couple’s cottage and the Portapique “warehouse”. One of the photos taken inside the warehouse shows a replica RCMP patrol car.

Earlier this week, the commission released a document based on evidence submitted by Mr.I Banfield during interviews with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and an investigation detailing the killer’s long history of violence against him.

Attorney Michael Scott, whose firm represents families of 14 of the victims, says the investigation’s decision to limit questioning will cast doubt on Mr.I Bankfield.

During the 13 hours that the killing continued, the author killed 22 people, including a pregnant woman and a policewoman. He was shot dead by two gendarmes on the morning of April 19, 2020.

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