A recording of Thomas Chan talking to police says the alleged assault on his father and his partner was an "unprovoked" attack.

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A recording of Thomas Chan speaking to police says the alleged assault on his father and his companion was an “unprovoked” assault.

In his post-arrest interview with police, Thomas Chan stated he thought his father was “the satan” and “was by no means there” for him because the Crown wrapped up its case within the homicide trial for the Peterborough man on Wednesday.

Within the early morning hours of Dec. 28, 2015, police found Dr. Andrew Chan, 50, useless inside his Haggis Drive dwelling. Dr. Chan’s companion, Lynne Witteveen, was discovered with a number of stab wounds which resulted in everlasting accidents, together with the lack of an eye fixed.


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Chan, then 18, was arrested at the scene and charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder. He was released on bail in April 2016 and has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

In evidence heard last week, several individuals said they and Chan had consumed alcohol and magic mushrooms prior to the attacks.

In Superior Court on Wednesday, the Crown presented Chan’s video interview with police involving Det. Cst. Jo-Anne Elliott, which took place later Dec. 28.

She first asks if he recalls the events at Dr. Chan’s house. On Monday, Witteveen testified Chan stabbed his father in the kitchen before attacking her there and in a bedroom.

“I don’t know,” Chan said several times. “I remember being afraid of the dark. And the devil.”

Elliott also inquired about the alleged attack on Witteveen, whom he must have known for his whole life.

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“I love Lynn, too,” Chan responded.

‏“Did you mean to hurt Lynn?” Elliott asked.

“No. I don’t know,” Chan said. “I don’t know if I meant to hurt any of them.”


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Chan told Elliott he “blocked out everything” after his dad approached him but remembers being threatened.

“I thought he was the devil, and everyone was being taken over by the devil.”

Chan says he just “wanted to feel safe” but doesn’t recall Witteveen entering the kitchen and can only recall her speaking “jibberish.”


‏“All I know is I see her face, and it was black hair, black eyes… devilish,” he said.

Elliott then discusses the layout of the house.

“Was it in the bedroom?” Chan asked as he placed his face in his hands.

‏“What do you remember about that?” Elliott asked

“I don’t. I don’t,” Chan replied. “And I’m being serious. I wouldn’t have gone after her for no reason.”

Chan again described a vision of Witteveen appearing devilish.

“I just remember faces and acting on instinct,” he said. “Or at least what I thought was instinct.”

He then asked Elliott what will happen next, and what will happen if he wasn’t “in his right mind.”

“I want people to know this isn’t me,” he said. “I’m so sorry. I don’t know how it really went down. It could have been anyone.”

When asked what he meant, Chan said he recalls feeling threatened by everyone around him.

Chan then asks if Witteveen is going to be OK and begins to cry, asking if he will ever be forgiven.

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”I killed Dad,” he says, crying.

Elliott asks Chan to recall events leading up to the Haggis Drive incident, which included a family shopping outing on Boxing Day. Chan said on the night of the incident he and some friends had a few drinks, went to a restaurant and then returned to his house to consume magic mushrooms.

He told Elliott he began to “meditate and then hallucinate” and that he had previously done mushrooms, but had never had hallucinations like that before.

Chan added he has no memory of getting into a police cruiser but recalls arriving at the police station.

“When I got here, everything was light. I thought I was in heaven,” he said. “I literally …. Was music playing when I got here?” he asked, adding that it sounded like a choir was singing when he arrived.

“I just wanted to get out of the car, because I thought I had escaped from the devil.”

Chan again says he remembers just “faces and flashes” and the perception that people were turning against him. He says again that he wasn’t in his right mind.

Elliott asks him if he remembers leaving his mom’s home on Denure Drive and heading to his dad’s home. He says he remembers his mother and sister’s faces changing in front of him.

Chan said he did not head over to Haggis Drive to hurt his father.

‏“I would never do that,” he said,. “I would have set out to my Dad’s to be safe.”

Chan says he blames his hallucinations for what occurred – claiming faces grew fatter in entrance of him as their hair and eyes darkened. He used the phrases, “satan,” and “devilish.”

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“I didn’t really feel any of this,” he stated because the video exhibits him extending his palms towards Elliott to indicate what look like a number of cuts.

“I might by no means, I might by no means,” he says, once more referring to assaults.

“I actually went there for consolation causes and I killed …” he says as his voice trails off and he begins to cry.

Elliott asks Chan what he would say to his dad if he was there: “I really like you. I really like you a lot. I might by no means do something to harm you.”

“I all the time simply needed to make him proud as a result of he was by no means there,” Chan continues, including his father solely began displaying assist when he grew to become a senior.

“I by no means had that father determine rising up.”

Chan stated he would inform Witteveen that he liked her, too.

“I hope you get an opportunity to say that to her,” Elliott stated because the interview concluded.

The defence didn’t cross-examine. The trial will resume on Oct. 2 when the defence presents its case.


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