Constables Share Chilling Court Testimony in Veltman Murder Trial

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In the Superior Court last Thursday, three constables came forth to divulge their harrowing experiences and crucial observations in the trial of Nathaniel Veltman, aged 22. Veltman finds himself in the judicial crosshairs for four heinous acts of domestically induced first-degree murder accompanied by a further act of an attempted murder of the same type.

The gruesome incident claimed the lives of four members of the Afzaal family while seriously injuring a young boy. The tragedy occurred at the junction of Hyde Park and South Carriage Road in London, Ontario, on June 6, 2021, when a pickup truck, seemingly without reason or warning, mounted the curb and struck the pedestrians.

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Responding to the calamitous event were Constable Michael Olszowy, twelve shifts deep into his service with the London Police, under the tutelage of Constable Brock Dease. Amid sharing his account, Dease pausing to collect himself frequently, detailed the distressing scene that unfolded before their eyes.

Dease recollected the first victim he tended to, an elderly woman lying prostrate on the pavement, mirroring a battered relic of the unfortunate event. Her limbs appeared broken, and her face and abdomen did not escape unscathed. The heated cries and pleas of onlookers redirected Dease’s attention to a young boy who had also suffered the brunt of the sudden assault, his hands showing signs of injury.

Another victim, described by Dease as a teenager, was discovered beneath a ‘for sale’ sign, barely able to move but showing signs of life. A paramedic shortly arrived to tend to her needs. Dease then returned to the elderly woman, only to be informed of the cessation of attempted resuscitation efforts by a firefighter. Dease managed to make a crucial observation amidst the chaos, noticing tire marks etched in the grass.

Meanwhile, the third policeman, Constable Patti Leavoy-Costa, was en route to the heart-wrenching scene when she received instructions to apprehend the suspect at a nearby mall. Her testimony revealed that Veltman’s military-style helmet and bulletproof vest immediately caught her eye. The pickup truck at the scene, still running, exuded smoke, prompting her to extract the key from the ignition. A search of the vehicle brought to light a machete and a pocketknife. According to Leavoy-Costa, Veltman exhibited an unusual mix of agitation and inexplicable amusement.

Following objections from Christopher Hicks, Veltman’s defence lawyer, to his client’s portrayal, Thursday’s proceedings were adjourned. The trial resumed Friday morning with the continuation of Leavoy-Costa’s evidence.