Letter carrier testifies at retrial for Leo Teskey

A letter carrier was delivering the mail one day when he discovered an apartment building manager lying on the ground, so badly beaten he was unrecognizable, he told court during testimony yesterday.



Canada Post worker Robert Sorensen testified during the opening day of an aggravated assault retrial for Leo Teskey that the day he discovered the grisly scene more than seven years ago is a day he will "never forget."


Teskey, who has a long history of violence, is accused of beating Dougald Miller into a near-vegetative state on Nov. 20, 2000.

"I asked him if he was alive and I heard a gurgling sound," Sorensen said, explaining he knew the beating victim before he was attacked.

Sorensen said he stopped by the apartment building at 9524 115 Ave. for a routine stop around 10:30 a.m. when he found the bloodied and partially-naked apartment manager lying on the stairs leading up to the second floor.

Court heard Miller was partially wearing a robe when Sorensen found him, and the postal worker said he couldn’t recognize him at first because the manager’s head was badly swollen.

"I will never forget what I walked into," he said.

The retrial is expected to last all week in a provincial courtroom, with the beating victim’s wife, Lesley, expected to take the stand tomorrow.


new trial ordered

  • Teskey was convicted for the attack in 2002, but the Supreme Court of Canada ordered a new trial last summer because a judge took more than 11 months to deliver his written verdict.