WARNING: This story contains graphic details which may be disturbing to some readers.
After three days of deliberations, a B.C. Supreme Court jury has found Oak Bay father Andrew Berry guilty of second-degree murder in the deaths of his two young daughters, Chloe and Aubrey Berry.
Berry’s trial began in April 2019 after he was accused of stabbing his six-year-old Chloe and four-year-old Aubrey Berry to death on Christmas day in 2017.
He pled not guilty to the charges which resulted in a five-month long trial in Vancouver.
According to CBC News coverage of the trial, Berry told the court that he and his daughters were attacked in his apartment by a man after he owed money to a loan shark.
On the other hand, the Crown testified that Berry used a knife and baseball bat to kill Chloe before attempting to kill himself.
Autopsy reports revealed that 6-year-old Chloe Berry had been struck in the head hard enough to fracture her skull, and then stabbed 26 times. Her sister, 4-year-old Aubrey was stabbed 32 times.
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 Berry was hostile towards his parents and his ex-wife, Sarah Cotton, citing this animosity as reason for killing his daughters.