By Garett Williams
Tuesday November 20, 2007
Day four of Bruce Montague’s trial on 53 weapons-related charges
continued in a Kenora Superior courtroom Monday with the Crown
presenting its next three witnesses.
Const. Glen Fraser, who’s testimony was cut short last week pending a
decision whether literature found in a hidden room in Montague’s
basement would be admitted as evidence, returned to the witness box to
identify the literature, along with thousands of rounds of ammunition
recovered from the room.
The literature Fraser identified included a diagram of a pen gun and a
copy of The Original Poor Man’s James Bond Vol. 1, along with numerous
military training manuals and firearm related books.
Defence council Doug Christie argued during cross-examination that
although Fraser attached police identification tags to the firearms
recovered from the hidden room-- indicating if the guns were loaded
when they were discovered -- the information was relayed to him by
another officer and he never actually saw them loaded himself.
Christie pressed him on a sum of money recovered from the room, which
Fraser noted as $405 American and $2,105 Canadian , suggesting there
was far more money than what was noted.
Fraser couldn’t recall if he observed the money upon first entering the
“Can you offer me any explanation why you didn’t see it,” Christie
asked. “Could it be that you know not all the money was accounted for.”
“No,” Fraser replied.
Former OPP officer Keith Boomhower was next on the Crown’s list of
He testified he has known Montague for many years, calling him a
talented gunsmith who performed work on Boomhower’s own guns and gave
him entry level training through the International Practical Shooting
Through the early ‘90s to 1998 Boomhower was the OPP Dryden
detachment’s firearms officer. He testified Montague had spoken to him
in early ‘97 about his desire to export handguns, which were about to
be classified as prohibited under the new registration, to the U.S. in
order to keep possession. Boomhower admitted he had considered the same
action himself, but never followed through.
To export a gun at that time, a four-part carbon form was be filed with
the local OPP, with one copy sent to the law enforcement where the
firearm was destined to land, a copy to the applicant, the registry and
one to stay in the local office where it was requested.
Boomhower said nothing on the form prevented the applicant from
changing their mind about exporting the weapon, adding it’s common
sense to inform local law enforcement if the weapon wasn’t sent.
Next to the witness box was Ransome Capy, a Lac Seul man who testified
he purchased an unregistered riffle from Montague in 2004. At the time,
Capy had an acquisition/possession licence, but the firearm was never
registered because he didn’t know how to go about it.
Finally, the Crown called its last witness of the day, Const. Andrew
Bulmer, a forensic identification officer with the OPP in Kenora. He
was called to assist in the second search of the Montague home, which
focused on the hidden room in the basement. Specifically, he confirmed
the guns were unloaded and safe before passing them on to Fraser, who
attached identification tags.
He said the entrance to the room was difficult to detect, noting there
was rubber on the back of the door to prevent it making a hollow sound.
He testified he found a loaded rifle with a silencer or suppressor
attached and a handgun with a live round in the chamber.
“What I mean is, if you were to pull the trigger, it would fire
immediately,” he said.
Bulmer will return Tuesday for cross-examination.
Assistant Crown attorney Peter Keen, with assistance from Robert Young,
is leading the prosecution.
Montague is facing numerous firearms related charges, including the
unauthorized possession and careless storage of non-restricted
firearms, explosives and restricted firearms. His wife, Donna, is
facing three charges -- the unauthorized possession of a firearm and
two counts of careless storage of a firearm.
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