Jury to hear final remarks Monday in pipe bomb death case

The defence rested its case on Friday in the trial of an Innisfail man accused of killing a former client with a pipe bomb.

The defence rested its case on Friday in the trial of an Innisfail man accused of killing a former client with a pipe bomb.

Defence lawyer Bob Aloneissi and Crown prosecutors will make their final submissions to the jury on Monday.

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Kirk Sisson plans to present his charge to the jury on Tuesday morning and then the five-week-old case will be in the hands of jurors.

Brian Malley, 57, is accused of first-degree murder in the death of Victoria Shachtay, 23, on Nov. 25, 2011. She was killed when a pipe bomb disguised as a Christmas gift detonated as she opened it in her Innisfail home.

Only one witness was heard from on Friday.

RCMP investigator Cpl. Darryl Williams confirmed that a review of documents from Assante Wealth Management, the company Malley represented as a financial advisor, contained no examples of the victim’s name spelled as Vicktoria.

Shachtay’s caregiver had testified early in the trial that a note attached to the fake Christmas gift had been spelled that way.

Crown prosecutor Anders Quist said they still contend Malley built the bomb and wrote the note on it.

Williams also testified that wiretaps of Brian Malley and his wife Christine were approved by a Court of Queen’s Bench justice in September 2013 and the surveillance continued for two months.

Police were trying to determine if Christine Malley was involved in Shachtay’s death. No charges were laid against her.