BROCKVILLE, Ont. — An Ontario man pleaded guilty Friday to choking an elderly Ontario woman to death when he was teenager because she told him to stop talking to his girlfriend on the phone.
Valerie Xavier, 80, died Sept. 26, 2010, when one of her boarders blew into a fit of rage after she told him to hang up a telephone he'd been hogging to speak with a girlfriend in Ottawa.
The now 18-year-old man, who cannot be named by court order, pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder, theft of Xavier's 2000 Buick Sentry and possession of her credit cards.
Crown attorney Curt Flanagan said Xavier she told the man to hang up at 11:50 p.m., after another half-hour talk with the 15-year-old girl, he refused.
According to evidence from the girlfriend read to the court by Flanagan, the young man and Xavier argued and she heard the sound of pots and pans being thrown.
The girlfriend then heard Xavier gasping for air.
When she asked what was happening, her boyfriend said he was sitting on Xavier and he had to kill her “or she'll call the cops.”
When she told him to stop, he replied: “She's dead, love. She's a goner.”
The burly, pony-tailed assailant sat still in the prisoner's dock, with family and friends seated behind him and Xavier's family filling another section of the gallery.
Flanagan said the killer found Xavier's suitcase, squeezed her body inside and took it to her car.
He then drove up the road, but turned around at the dead end and returned.
Coincidentally, a police officer, stationed on the road after a recent fire, shone a spotlight on the car and recorded the licence plate, which listed Xavier as the owner.
Minutes later, a video camera at a gas station filmed Xavier's car arriving and leaving, and then returning again and going off camera for five minutes before driving off.
“That's the time (he) was dumping the body,” said Flanagan.
By 12:26 a.m., he returned to Xavier's residence and went on her computer, listening to angst-filled music, running Google searches on the Internet such as “What do you do when you kill someone?” and asking for advice from a 14-year-old Las Vegas girl on a chat line.
Eight days later, he led police to the site.
He was convicted on the three counts by Judge Kenneth Pedlar.
He will be sentenced on July 12.