Mother of dead Oak Bay girls challenged for third day by defence at murder trial

WatchThe Oak Bay mother whose two daughters were found murdered on Christmas Day in 2017, continued her testimony today for the third day in a row. A warning, this story contains details some people may find disturbing.

The defence continued its cross-examination of Sarah Cotton, the mother of Chloe and Aubrey Berry who were found dead on Dec. 25, 2017, in their father Andrew Berry’s apartment.

Berry is charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of their daughters and is pleading not guilty.

On Wednesday, the defence circled back to Andrew Berry’s alleged ‘significant gambling problem and debts’. Particularly focusing on an email Cotton sent to a friend stating she was worried that bad people were after Berry after seeing a hole in Berry’s apartment window.

Things really heated up late in the afternoon when defence lawyer Kevin McCullough continued to question Cotton’s recollection of which windows she knocked on, on Christmas Day, when trying to find where Berry and her daughters were after Berry failed to return them.

“Again my children died on Christmas Day,” said Cotton. 

With defence lawyer McCullough responding, “Mr. Berry’s children died on Christmas Day as well, Ms. Cotton.”

The Crown rose often throughout the day to make objections to the defence’s line of questioning, which wrapped late in the day. The Crown is expected to re-examine Cotton first thing Thursday, with new witnesses expected to take the stand after.

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