Accused double murderer Thomas Svekla punched a young woman three times in the head, a witness told court yesterday.
Marcia Chambeaud was drinking beer with her sister and friends at the Family Motel in High Level, Alta. in early May 2006, when Svekla pulled up on his “bike” and joined them. After an argument, Chambeaud claimed that Svekla attacked her.
“He threw three punches at my head,” Chambeaud said, as Svekla watched her impassively. “It gave me two really big bumps on my head.”
Chambeaud said she immediately went to the police and pressed charges against Svekla.
Another witness, Joanne Sellwood, an assistant programmer with the Family Community Support Services in High Level, said that one of the women who came in to see her in the fall of 2005 had bruises on her neck that the woman claimed Svekla had given to her.
A third witness, Bobby Waspcolin, claimed he saw Svekla driving in a truck with Theresa Innes, one of the women he is accused of killing.
Court also heard that Waspcolin had told police that he overheard two fellow inmates at the Peace River Correctional Centre ask Svekla, who was also an inmate at the time, “What does if feel like to kill a human being?”
Svekla apparently responded, “You should try it yourself.”
Thomas Svekla is charged with two-counts of second degree murder in the deaths of Rachel Quinney, 19, and Innes, 36.
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