PICTOU - A former girlfriend of Christopher Falconer's testified that he asked her to lie for him if the police started asking questions.
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Jerricka Ebrahim said Wednesday during Falconer's first degree murder trial that she told him police were asking her questions about Falconer's whereabouts around the time Kirwan disappeared and he responded by asking her to lie for him and say they were together.
She told Crown Attorney Patrick Young she said she would lie for him because she "really liked him".
The first-degree murder trial of Christopher Alexander Falconer is currently being held in Pictou Supreme Court. He is accused of killing 19-year-old Kirwan between Oct 9 and November 5. She went missing from a downtown street October 9 and her remains were found in Heathbell about a month later.
Ebrahim said Falconer drove her and her children to the babysitters on October 8, 2011. and she texted him later in the evening to come to have a few drinks at her apartment. Text messages exchanged between the couple have her asking him if he wanted to have sex later and he responded, " a little down tonight to be honest." He asked her if she wanted to watch a movie.
Ebrahim texted him back the word "porn" and "it makes you feel better" to which he responded "it always does".
She said he arrived at her place around 9:30 p.m. and she and friends left around 10 p.m.for the New Glasgow Pub. She is unsure if he drove her at the time. At around 11:40 p.m., she texted Falconer as she was leaving the pub and asked him where he was. He replied that he was close by.
A little after midnight on October 9, she texted him from her Brother Street apartment asking him where he was at and he responded that he was busy. He texted her again around 5 a.m. on October 9th and said he was at his father's.
"Sorry to make you wait. I am at dad's now," he responded by text. "Not coming for a bit."
Ebrahim said she saw him around noon on October 9 to pick up her kids from the sitter.
She said she found in early November from a friend's text that Kirwan's remains were found and told Falconer, who was with her at her apartment at the time. She said he grabbed his stuff and said he had to do something.
Ebrahim said she found it "strange" because he usually stayed longer and they were going to go pick up her children later in the day.
She will returned to the witness stand this afternoon for cross examination by defence lawyer Mike Taylor who cautioned the judge he would be spending "quite a while" with this witness.
Meanwhile, morning testimony heard from toxicologist Lori Campbell who said she could not tell how much codeine was in Amber Kirwan's system when she died.
Under cross examination Lori Campbell told defence lawyer Mike Taylor that the range could have been 10x to 100x larger than that of therapeutic range but she also stated that the numbers are unreliable.
"I can't say," said Campbell. "The number could have been in the therapeutic range."
Campbell told the Crown that codeine and acetaminophen were found in Kirwan's blood and stomach, but there were no pill bits in the stomach.
She said she considered that the codeine could have been administered intravenously, but because there was the absence of morphine in her body, she said is more likely the drugs were ingested.
Alcohol was also detected in Kirwan's system but Campbell said this reading may also be off because alcohol can be produced during post-mortem distribution.
"You can't put a lot of confidence in the number of alcohol level, " she said. "As decomposition occurs, micro-organism can create alcohol."
However, codeine and morphine levels would not be affected by this process but it may make these drugs more detectable in the tests, she said.
She added that a Dasani water bottle tested had trace amounts from "backwash."