10th witness on stand at Falconer preliminary inquiry

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PICTOU – A 30-year-old Pictou County man facing a murder charge sat quietly and listened to evidence presented during the third day of his preliminary inquiry at the Pictou Justice Centre.

Christopher Alexander Falconer entered court in a blue shirt and pants, flanked by two sheriffs, to hear a full morning of testimony from witness number 10 in the inquiry.  

The inquiry is scheduled to last 15 days, but both the Crown and defence agree it may not take up that much court time.

Falconer is charged with kidnapping and first-degree murder in relation to the death of 19-year-old Amber Kirwan who went missing after leaving a pool hall in downtown New Glasgow Oct. 9, 2011.

Kirwan’s remains were found in Heathbell, Pictou County about a month later.  

A publication ban, which includes social media, prevents any information about the evidence from being published or broadcast presented during the inquiry.

The number of spectators attending the preliminary inquiry has thinned out during the past few days with only a few people seated in the gallery.   

The inquiry continues with a full-day session today and resumes again Monday afternoon.

Geographic location: Pictou County, New Glasgow, Heathbell

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