Court hears wiretapped evidence
An Edmonton court has heard wiretap conversations involving a man accused of killing two prostitutes.
Thomas Svekla tells his sisters and mother about his time in the Edmonton Remand Centre, saying he's a big boy and can handle being locked up.
He also says he doesn't want them talking to police, and that he's worried one of his sisters won't come to see him because she believes he's guilty.
He tells one sister a criminal profiler from Ontario came to see him, and alludes to the movie `Silence of the Lambs,' saying he's no Hannibal Lecter.
Svekla, 39, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of offering an indignity to a body in the deaths of prostitutes Theresa Innes, 36, and Rachel Quinney, 19.
The court also heard the 39-year-old mechanic tell his sister Maryanne that she shouldn't be concerned over the spotlight being put on the family because he has it worse.
"Like you're having a hard ... you're having a hard time with this eh?" he said. "I'm the guy in jail. I'm the guy who's, who's going up on the murder charges, not you Maryanne."
Thomas Svekla also questions his sister about whether she's co-operating with police.
"I'm not working with the police. I told Project KARE to go to hell," Maryanne Svekla said.
The court later hears Thomas Svekla telling Maryanne that his other sister Donna Parkinson has to live with the fact that she called police and turned him in.
Parkinson allegedly found prostitute Theresa Innes' body in a hockey bag in 2006 and called police.
"Well, Donna has to live with herself and she has to go to her grave," he said. "She's going to regret that, probably."
Other evidence presented at the trial included video footage of the examination of Innes' body after it was found in Svekla's hockey bag in his sister's garage.
The trial is expected to continue until June.
With files from David Ewasuk and the Canadian Press/>