Gruesome video and photos of the crime scene where Dominic Doyon’s body was left – beaten to a pulp on his living room couch – were shown to a jury during Toby Land’s trial on Wednesday.
“You can actually see there’s indents in his head,” testified an Ottawa police sergeant from the forensic identification section. “Normally, a skull is reasonably smooth, and it doesn’t appear that way when you see it.”
Land, 28, is facing a second-degree murder charge in the May 2009 killing.
Land lived in Lowertown with another man, Carl St. Cyr, and Doyon in apartment 512 at 380 Murray St. Land has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
The Crown maintains Land used a hammer and a sword to strike Doyon.
Jurors saw images of Doyon, face down on the couch, the bottom half of his body kneeling, surrounded by a pool of blood. He was wearing a dark hoodie and jeans, and red stains were evident on Doyon’s left upper pant leg.
Red stains were splattered on the living room wall. Another pool of blood was beneath Doyon’s hands.
Pieces of crutches were strewn in the apartment: one tucked away behind the sectional sofa, another on the bed.
The jury was shown an LCBO receipt for 11 tall cans of Budweiser beer, and three cans seized from a trash bin in the bedroom.
During cross examination, defence lawyer Anne London-Weinstein questioned why fingerprints were found on just three beer cans. The officer said all 50 containers of booze in the apartment were seized and every drinking container was dusted for prints.
“We print 100 containers and we only find one or two prints. That’s not surprising for us,” he said.
Evidence was presented; members of the jury passed around the hammer, which court heard Land had in his duffel bag when he turned himself in to police.
The sergeant who processed Land at the station testified the hammer was wrapped in a white T-shirt.
In addition, images of a secondary crime scene were shown: A parking lot at 1081 Cummings Ave., near Donald St.
A blade of the sword, its handle, and other pieces were recovered from a storm sewer, Crown prosecutor David Elhadad told the jury.
The trial continues Thursday with testimony from a forensic pathologist.