Update: Bail was granted on Friday August 8 and set at $100,000. Noudga is under house arrest and must wear an electronic monitoring bracelet. She can leave her parents’ Etobicoke home to go to school or work. Otherwise, she can only go out in the company of her mother or father, who are acting as her sureties.
Although I missed the first morning, I attended all three days of the Christina Noudga bail hearing held last week at Hamilton’s John Sopinka courthouse. A standard publication ban prevents me and all the other journalists in attendance from reporting on the evidence disclosed in the courtroom as well as some other details related to the hearing.
Given these strict limitations, things like Noudga’s outfit got a seemingly inordinate amount of coverage. For the record and on the off chance you haven’t read this already, she wore a white fitted, sleeveless blouse with black collar, skinny black jeans, brown ankle boots and shackles. She has large, pronounced features which are extremely photogenic and she doesn’t look nearly as good in person as in her photos. Four months in jail likely haven’t done much for her appearance either. Neither her skin nor her hair was in great shape.
Noudga’s family and friends showed up to support the accused, who marked her 22nd birthday in jail, and has pleaded not guilty to acting as an accessory after the fact in the murder of Tim Bosma. Noudga began dating Millard in 2011 shortly after he broke off his engagement to another Toronto woman.
She appeared confident and in control throughout the hearing and did not shy away from looking around the courtroom. (Noudga was arrested on April 10th of this year almost a year after charges of first degree murder were laid against her boyfriend, Dellen Millard, and his buddy, Mark Smich in the death of Tim Bosma.)
Also in the courtroom were Detective Sergeant Matt Kavanagh of the Hamilton police homicide unit, who headed up the investigation into Tim Bosma’s murder. He was almost always seated with one to three other police officers at the back of the room.
Ravin Pillay, part of the legal team defending Dellen Millard, attended all three days of the hearing, usually in the company of one or two young lawyers or law students.
Tim Bosma’s father Hank was present on the first day but did not return for days two and three. Tim’s widow Sharlene did not attend at the request of the crown. Bosma family friends were present on all three days along with representatives from victim services.
Justice Thomas Lofchik’s ruling on whether or not to grant bail will come down next Friday August 8th at 10 a.m.
That’s the same a day as Big Iisho aka Matthew Ward Jackson aka Krucifix14, who’s accused of providing Dellen Millard with the gun used to kill his father Wayne, begins trial in Toronto on a separate narcotics charge.
Ward Jackson’s attorney up until at least April was Deepak Paradkar, Millard’s Number one lawyer and a guy I really want to see perform in court. It seems to me as if defending both Ward Jackson and Millard would be a conflict of interest, but Paradkar, who’s usually fairly forthcoming, hasn’t answered emails or phone calls about his tattooed client. I suspect it will be another lawyer acting on Ward Jackson’s behalf on Friday.
Still on the subject of upcoming court dates, both Dellen Millard and Mark Smich are scheduled to put in video appearances in Toronto Monday August 11 for the murder of Laura Babcock and, additionally in Millard’s case, for the murder of his father. They’ve pleaded not guilty on all counts just as they’re pleading not guilty to killing Tim Bosma.
On the same day, at the same courthouse at 2201 Finch West, Matthew Wawrykiewycz and Matthew Odlum will have their monthly remand sessions for the weapons trafficking charges against them. Unlike their co-accused, Ward Jackson, the other two Matthews are not in jail. They will likely be represented by their lawyers as they usually are. All three Matthews have pleaded not guilty.
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