First responders testify about crime scene in Swite murder trial

Paramedics recalled finding the 85-year-old victim's body in a state of undress, with a condom wrapper left nearby.

First responders who testified in Corey Wolf Swite’s murder trial Wednesday morning recalled finding the 85-year-old victim’s body in a state of undress, with a condom wrapper left nearby.

Primary care paramedics Barry Nicol and Daniel Dinsmore arrived at an apartment building on Fairview Road in Penticton around 8 a.m. Aug. 4, 2006.

“She was at the end of the bed, partly covered up with a blanket,” said Nicol.

According to Nicol, the 85-year-old woman was on her back with both legs hanging over the end of the bed. She wasn’t wearing undergarments.

“The lady’s positioning was of interest to begin with,” said Dinsmore.

“That’s not typically how you’d find someone of that age.”

After confirming the victim was dead, Nicol covered her with a blanket and began to search for identification, including a B.C. CareCard.

Nicol said he searched through three purses before finding the identification he needed. He noted he didn’t recall noticing money in any of the bags.

While waiting for Mounties to arrive at the scene, Dinsmore said he used the washroom in the apartment and then flushed the toilet.

Dinsmore told the defence attorney he didn’t think he was dealing with a crime scene at the time or else he likely wouldn’t have used the bathroom.

According to Nicol, his co-worker spotted a condom wrapper on the bedroom floor after returning from the washroom.

The paramedics shared this information with the constable who arrived at the scene at approximately 8:20 a.m.

The trial will continue Thursday morning.

Swite was previously found guilty of first-degree murder of the Penticton woman by a jury of his peers in 2009.

He had been sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility of parole for 25 years, but was successful in a bid to have the conviction set aside, based on some procedural issues with the jury.

Swite, who was 21 at the time of the alleged crime, will see the case decided on by judge alone this time.

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