Murder suspect deleted texts, photos the day mother, daughter reported missing, court hears

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The trial of a Calgary man who admitted he killed his girlfriend and is accused of killing his young daughter has heard that he deleted texts and photos from his cellphone on the same day that the two went missing. was reported to be.

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Robert Leaming is facing second-degree murder after pleading not guilty in the death of 22-month-old Aaliyah Sanderson. He had previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his mother, Jasmine Lovett.

Former Calgary police constable Ian Whiffin testified Tuesday that all of the text between Leaming and Lovett, as well as more than 30 photos of him and his child, was found in the recycle bin of Leaming’s phone on April 23, 2019.


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Mr Wheffin, who worked with the police’s digital forensics team, said he was able to retrieve the photographs.

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“The photos were not actually deleted. They were marked for deletion and were put in the recycle bin,” said Mr. Wheffin, who left Calgary Police last year.

“They stay in the trash for 30 days before being completely wiped out, so I was able to recover those images.”

The same day, Ms. Lovett and Aliyah were reported missing by a relative of theirs, as they could not attend the family dinner.

It was exactly two weeks before Ms. Lovett’s 26th birthday.

Their bodies were found a few weeks later buried in a shallow grave in a day-use area in Kananaskis Country, west of Calgary.

A medical examiner testified that both suffered blunt force blows, while Ms. Lovett was also shot in the head.

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Mr Whiffin said most of the photos were of Ms Lovett and her daughter, but the court also saw pictures of a little girl with a soother in her mouth, which Mr Leaming held. There were also three pictures of the pistol.

“There are a total of 36 photos that I thought were relevant to the case,” he said.

“Many photos were deleted at the same time. Many of those pictures were of Jasmine and Alia or both. Three pictures were of firearms. “

After being initially arrested as a suspect on April 26, 2019, Crown also entered media interviews in evidence Mr. Leaming spoke separately with Global TV and CBC. At that time, he was released without charge.

In interviews, Mr. Leaming repeatedly refers to Ms. Lovett and Aliyah as his “tenants”, although he admits that he and Ms. Lovett also had an affair.

He said he and the mother and daughter had gone to Kananaskis country for a picnic before they were reported missing. He told reporters that he had no objection to talking about the matter.

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“I have nothing to hide … [police] As far as I’m concerned, wrong. Of course they do.”

Mr. Leeming said he was hurt Ms. Lovett and Aliyah were missing, but assumed they were going to visit the family.

“I don’t know. Like, if you have tenants, do you keep track of them?”

The trial previously heard Mr Leaming, a 36-year-old British national, told police that he and Ms Lovett were in a relationship after meeting online in 2018. A month later, Ms. Lovett and her daughter moved in with Mr. Leaming, but he paid her for rent and groceries.

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