Christina Noudga, the girlfriend of accused murderer Dellen Millard, wiped down the trailer containing Tim Bosma’s truck under the direction of Millard’s mother, court heard Thursday at the trial of the two men accused of killing the Hamilton man.
In her second day of testimony, Noudga described the panic that set in on May 10, 2013, when she and Millard’s mother, Madeleine Burns, realized that Bosma’s truck could be inside the trailer she helped him move to Burns’s home the night before.
Noudga has been charged as an accessory after the fact in the Bosma case.
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She and Burns were at a hotel “having some wine” and “brainstorming” hours after Millard was arrested when they decided to wipe down the trailer, which they both had touched, Noudga testified.
“My biggest concern when we were discussing it was holy shit, we touched the trailer,” Noudga said. At that point in the investigation, it hadn’t been determined that Bosma was dead, and there was hope he might still be alive.
Noudga, of Toronto, is the Crown’s last witness at the trial of Millard, 30, of Toronto, and Mark Smich, 28, of Oakville, Ont., who have both pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.
Bosma, 32, who lived in the suburban Ancaster area of Hamilton, vanished on May 6, 2013, after taking two men on a test drive in a pickup truck he was trying to sell. Investigators later found charred human remains, believed to belong to Bosma, in a livestock incinerator on Millard’s farm in Waterloo, Ont.
Picking up cash from Millard’s home
Noudga told the jury that after she and Burns left the hotel and picked up cash and cheques from Millard’s home, they went to Burns’s home where she wiped down the trailer while Burns showed her the areas she had touched.
They then went back to the hotel, which they had rented to get away from the glare of the media, court heard. The two shared a room that night but nothing about wiping down the prints was discussed, Noudga said. Instead, there was “more brainstorming, hugging, a lot of crying” and “drinking copious amounts of wine.”
On Wednesday, Noudga testified that she was “performing sexual favours” on Millard shortly after they drove away from his mother’s home in Kleinburg, Ont., after dropping off the trailer that contained Bosma’s truck. One of the few details she recalled from that day is the two “made love” when they got back to Millard’s home in the early morning hours of May 10, she testified.
Much like yesterday’s testimony, Noudga repeatedly said she couldn’t recall details about her discussions with Millard, or specific timelines for the night they moved the trailer or The Eliminator incinerator in which human bone fragments were eventually found.
She could, however, remember other details like her and Burns drinking wine, specific conversations they had, the type of car she drove, and a conversation she had with Smich.
‘He said they’re in deep shit’
She described the phone conversation she had with Smich on the day Millard was arrested. At the time, she didn’t know her boyfriend had been arrested, and was looking for him.
“He said shit went down, but everything was fine, and I shouldn’t worry,” Noudga said. Assistant Crown attorney Tony Leitch then asked if Smich said who did what. She originally said no, before he directed her to her police statement.
“He said they’re in deep shit,” Noudga then said. She followed that up by saying she couldn’t remember his “exact phrasing.”
Noudga also described how after she and Millard moved The Eliminator, they went to mutual friend Matt Hagerman’s house and Millard gave him a toolbox.
She testified that Millard and Hagerman “laughed and giggled” when they were talking, but she didn’t hear what they were talking about.
Hagerman gave a very different account of the encounter when he testified, describing the exchange through tears from the witness box.