Andrew Berry faced another day of intense cross-examination on Monday — his fourth day on the stand — as the crown tried to poke holes in his story.
Berry was vague on many of the details, including what happened on Christmas Eve 2017. That was his last full day with his young daughters before the murders.
The 45-year-old claims he owed a loan shark named Paul $25,000 for gambling debts, stored bags of drugs for him, and gave his henchmen a key to his apartment.
Berry says his daughters, six-year-old Chloe Berry and four-year-old Aubrey Berry, were there for at least two of the visits but Berry says he wasn’t worried for their safety.
There were a total of five visits from the henchmen.
Berry finally admitted, when asked again if he was worried: “I’m just not that bright. I thought it would be easy and it would be over.”
Berry testified he only had $100 left after giving the henchmen $10,000 on July 15, 2017, but records show he gave a neighbour $2,000 just a few days later, to put in a gambling account for him.
With no job and no income, Crown Counsel Patrick Weir called that “quite remarkable”.
“I’m going to suggest you didn’t give $10,000 to the henchmen on the 15th because there are no henchmen and no Paul,” Weir said to Berry. “Would you agree?”
Berry said no.
Berry told court he didn’t tell anyone — including his RCMP officer sister — about the loan shark.
He also didn’t tell anyone about the suicide attempt he claims he made almost a month before the murders.
The crown accused Berry of making that up to explain the suicide note police found in his apartment on Christmas Day. Berry denied that but couldn’t explain why he kept the note or left it out where his daughter might find it.