DNA expert testifying in murder trial

Work glove has special interest

DNA expert Kevin Noppinger was scheduled to be the Crown’s main witness on Wednesday in the trial of Randy Martin for the murder of Sabrina Schirn in March this year.

Items were sent to Mr. Noppinger for examination after Sabrina’s body was found on 17 March in an isolated area of East End, near the prison farm. Randy was allowed to work there because he was considered a low-risk prisoner.

Scenes of Crime specialist Zoan Marin presented dozens of items to the court on Tuesday, including clothing. She explained where they were found; she took photographs, then secured and labelled each item.

A blue and white work glove has been of special interest. In opening the prosecution’s case, Solicitor General Cheryll Richards said last week that a glove was found that had Sabrina’s blood on the outside and Randy’s DNA.

Mr. Noppinger was expected to present that evidence.

The first witness to mention the blue and white glove was Northward Prison inmate Andy James Myles. A resident of Eagle House, where the younger inmates reside, Andy said he had known Randy for several years from the street.

Randy, 37, had been sent over to Eagle House from the big prison a little before March.

Andy said he did construction at the prison; he had blue and white gloves, which he wore when he did block work. He kept the gloves in his locker.

One day while they were sitting and chilling, Randy said he wanted or needed the gloves because he was doing a lot of work and his hands got mashed up. Andy said he told him, yeah.

One morning, Tuesday or Wednesday, 10 or 11 March, ‘he came early in the morning and took the gloves. Me and him were all right. He took all two of them,’ Andy told the court. That was two or three days after Randy had first asked for them.

He said he saw Randy that evening and Randy didn’t say anything to him, or nothing he could recall.

The following day, after giving Randy the gloves, he saw Randy washing some shoes in a garbage bin in the bathroom. ‘I had not seen him do that before.’

Then Randy left Eagle House. The garbage bin he was using was left in his cell. Andy said he took it and wrote his name on it and let the police know.

Questioned by Defence Counsel David Evans, Andy agreed that Randy was known as the ‘The One-Armed Bandit’ because he has use of only one arm – his left hand had been crushed in an accident and was practically useless.

Andy also agreed that he got to understand that Randy brought ganja into the prison. Asked if Randy got the ganja at the prison farm, Andy replied, ‘You only going one place and coming from one place.’

Mr. Evans said, ‘He was getting it there and bringing it to the prison.’ Andy replied, ‘Yeah’.

Senior Constable Davis Scott told the court he went with other officers on 23 March to a dirt track off Farm Road in East End, a short distance from the prison farm. The bush in the area was very dense, the terrain rough and cliffy.

He discovered a ring of keys in a hole off the dirt road. The ring had a tag marked ‘Blockbuster’. The court has already heard that Sabrina worked at Blockbuster, as did the person whose car she was driving when she went missing.

A short distance away Mr. Scott discovered a glove. It was blue and white and appeared to be of a rubbery-type cloth. He did not touch the items but had the locations tagged until Ms Marin arrived.

By referring to maps and photos she had taken, Ms Marin explained that the white Honda Sabrina was driving had been found on 16 March on an unnamed dirt track about 550 feet off the main farm road. Where Mr. Scott found the keys was about 50 feet from where the vehicle had been. The glove was 380 feet from the main road.

Previously she collected items and took photographs where Sabrina’s body was found.