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Sagmoen video released

Warning, the video of the interrogation of Curtis Sagmoen contains strong language.

Interrogation video has been released a day after Justice Alison Beames ruled a temporary publication ban of testimony emerging from a voir dire in the trial of Curtis Sagmoen be lifted.

A consortium of local and provincial media outlets met Tuesday and determined elements they wanted in an edited clip taken from several hours of original footage.

Global Vancouver reporter Rumina Daya worked with a colleague to edit the video for use by all outlets.

Sagmoen outburst exhibited

The video focuses on three key moments during Sagmoen's interrogations with RCMP Const. Richard MacQueen over a two-day span in early September 2017.

The most visual is Sagmoen's violent reaction to MacQueen's assertion that the family desktop computer is going to be searched at the 16 minute mark of the video.

Sagmoen can be seen leaping from his chair and grabbing another chair while screaming about his mother. MacQueen is able to quell the anger and Sagmoen quickly regains his composure and apologizes for the outburst.

Another key moment comes when MacQueen mentions the possibility that Sagmoen's parents might be put out for less time if Sagmoen tells him details of living arrangements on the property.

Finally, there is a moment where Sagmoen admits to contacting escorts with his smartphone, potentially bringing context to the case being built against him.

Sagmoen's voice was distorted on the clips due to a court-imposed ruling.

Background

There was a publication ban issued pre-trial covering any details that would tend to identify the victim in the case. That notice went out on Aug. 30. No issues were raised by attending members of the media.

On Monday, Sept. 9, Crown counsel Simone McCallum and defence lawyer Lisa Helps jointly proposed a ban of details emerging from the voir dire — a mini-trial within a trial held to determine the admissibility of evidence.

This voir dire focused on the "voluntariness" of statements given by the defendant.

This caught most media, and Justice Alison Beames, off guard as publication bans of voir dire hearings in a judge-only trial are rare.

The remaining voir dire hearings and the trial proper are tentatively scheduled for the weeks of Dec. 9 and Dec. 16.

Sagmoen is now facing four counts related to allegations arising from an incident on Aug. 26 and 27 2017. They allege that he masked his face with the intent to commit an indictable offence, he intentionally discharged a firearm being reckless of the life or safety of another person, used a firearm while threatening a complainant or during flight after threatening the complainant and uttering threats.

The charges in this case stem from an incident in August 2017 where a sex worker alleges she was threatened with a weapon before she managed to escape.

Sagmoen has been behind bars since his arrest in September 2017.

In October 2017, police searched a farm owned by Sagmoen's parents on Salmon River Road near Silver Creek where they found the remains of Traci Genereaux.

No connection between Genereaux and Sagmoen has been made, and he is not facing any charges relating to her death.

Police have called Genereaux's death suspicious.

Other allegations of violent acts against women by Sagmoen have also been made, and on Feb. 4 Sagmoen pleaded guilty to an assault charge stemming from an incident in the Lower Mainland in 2013.

Sagmoen was originally charged with assault causing bodily harm in an attack on a sex trade worker in Maple Ridge, but entered a guilty plea to a lesser charge and was sentenced to 30 days in jail.



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