Testimony continues today in case of New Brunswick boys killed by python

By The Canadian Press
November 1, 2016 - 1:45am

CAMPBELLTON, N.B. — Testimony continues today in the jury trial of a man charged in the deaths of two young New Brunswick boys who were suffocated by a python.

On Tuesday, the jurors heard the emotional 911 call made by Jean-Claude Savoie on Aug. 5, 2013 to report that the boys were dead.

Four-year-old Noah Barthe and his six-year-old brother, Connor, died after a 45-kilogram African rock python fell into the room where they slept in Savoie's Campbellton apartment.

It's believed the snake escaped its enclosure through a ventilation duct.

Savoie, who now lives near Montreal, is charged with criminal negligence causing death.

In his opening statement, Crown prosecutor Pierre Roussel said the jury will hear the snake had gotten into the duct before, and that an employee had warned Savoie the vent cover needed to be repaired.

He said Savoie committed a breach of duty to take care of the children when they were left with him by their mother for a sleepover.

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