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Foerster interrogation detailed

During the second portion of Matthew Foerster’s videotaped interview with police, he can be heard admitting to feeling bad about killing Taylor Van Diest.

Foerster was speaking from the Kelowna RCMP detachment on April 6, 2012 following his arrest at a motel in Collingwood, Ont. on a Canada-wide warrant.

In the three-hour edited version shown to the jury, Foerster is seen sobbing and emotional as members of the police interview team encourage him to let out his feelings and talk about what happened.

When asked what he would change about Halloween 2011 -- the night Taylor was killed -- Foerster replies, “everything”.

Later on, Sgt. Mark Davidson asks Foerster to look him in the eye, and tell him if he feels bad about killing her. The audio is faint, but Foerster replies ‘yes’ or ‘yeah’.

He is also heard admitting to both drinking and smoking marijuana that night.

When asked what prompted the assault and if it was for sex, Foerster responds, “I don’t know what to say.”

At one point Davidson plays a recording of Foerster’s sister Stephanie who says, “I love you very much and you’ll always be my big brother. Just be honest and do the right thing.”

The topic of family was a constant theme throughout the video, as police pressed that issue with Foerster as part of their interrogation tactics.  He repeatedly said that he wanted to talk with his parents, especially his father.

Davidson told a story about a similar crime where the attacker’s family wanted their son to feel remorse so they could begin the healing process. The officer attempted to make the point that those parents were almost as much of a victim as the family of the girl who died.

This line of questioning did not sit well with Marie Van Diest who outside the courthouse said she feels no sympathy for Foerster’s family.

“Absolutely not. Absolutely none. None whatsoever. I can answer that quickly and no,” she said.

She also pointed out that his family has not tried to contact her and that was probably for the best.

“I think it would be time well wasted on their part. I want absolutely nothing to do with them and I’m going to keep it that way.”

Taylor Van Diest was found beaten and barely alive on Halloween night 2011 in Armstrong BC.

Foerster has pleaded not guilty to his first-degree murder charge, but has admitted through his defence counsel that he is responsible for the injuries that killed her.

The rest of the video will be shown in court on Monday, and the Crown has said they will wrap up their case the following day.


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