In the early stages of criminal trials, evidence often rolls out like a jigsaw puzzle — sometimes the pieces don’t seem to fit yet.
The hope is by the end of the case, what seemed unusual to focus on at the beginning will make sense.
So it is at Frederick Oag’s Superior Court trial on charges of manslaughter and aggravated assault, which began before a jury of nine women and three men in London this week.
Oag, 41, has pleaded not guilty to the charges in connection with the stabbing death of Shane Sturgess, 45, and the injuring of Mark Desousa on Nov. 9, 2014.
The basic narrative is that Sturgess and Desousa were heading home from the bars at about 3 a.m. when there was a “confrontation” with Oag outside his residence at 150 Adelaide St. N.
Sturgess was stabbed in the leg, specifically in the femoral artery. He lost consciousness on the front step and died a
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Const. Travis Wintjes could see a woman waving him down on Adelaide Street as he and his emergency response unit partner drove up to the site of a reported stabbing.
The woman was near a man in a yellow sweatshirt who was on the sidewalk outside of 150 Adelaide St., just south of Hamilton Road. Another man was in the driveway.
The woman was pointing for him to go to the house. As he walked up to it, Wintjes, who was the first witness at Frederick Oag’s manslaughter trial, said he discovered one more man, this one sitting on the stoop facing the front door bent at the waist with his head between his legs and with one arm over the railing.
“Are you OK? Are you OK,” Wintjes said he asked the man, later identified as Shane Sturgess.
Sturgess, 45, was motionless, Wintjes said. His hair, black leather coat and blue jeans were
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