WARNING: This story contains graphic details which may be disturbing to some readers.
The trial for an Oak Bay father accused of murdering his two young daughters on Christmas in 2017 has begun, bringing to light some disturbing details about the events of that night.
According to Global News, Andrew Berry pled not guilty to two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of six-year-old Chloe and four-year-old Aubrey Berry, on the first day of trial at the Vancouver Courthouse on Tuesday.
In his testimony, Const. Piotr Ulanowski, the first officer to enter the Beach Drive apartment after the incident, recalled finding Andrew Berry lying naked in a bathtub with stab wounds on his chest and neck area.
Crown prosecutor, Clare Jennings, told the jury that as first responders were helping Berry out of the tub, he told them “Kill me. Leave me alone.”
Ulanowski choked up on the stand as he went on to describe seeing the body of a little girl lying on the bed, her hair matted with blood. After seeing this, he left the suite to call for backup.
According to a Canadian Press article, paramedics found and assessed the bodies of the two young girls who were found dead in their bloody pyjamas in different bedrooms.
Autopsy reports revealed that six-year-old Chloe Berry had been struck in the head hard enough to fracture her skull, and then stabbed 26 times. Her sister, four-year-old Aubrey was stabbed 32 times.
The prosecution also informed the jury that Andrew Berry was struggling with his finances, his power had been shut off, and he was soon to be evicted for being behind on his rent.
Crown prosecutor Clare Jennings told the jury that Berry was hostile towards his parents and his ex, Sarah Cotton.
As the trial continues today, the defence has a chance to address the witness, Const. Ulanowski. Reports say the jury is also being shown photographs of the apartment and Berry while he was in the ambulance.
The photo shows the bloody stab wounds on his chest and neck, and his right eye bruised and swollen shut.