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Man who killed spouse answered hotel room door during killing

'Things are fine' says killer

Investigating a noise complaint on the second floor, a Best Western hotel employee knocked on the door of the room in question. When a man opened the door, the floor inside was saturated in what looked like red wine, or possibly blood.

A woman, lying on the floor and injured, asked the employee to call 911, but the man calmly told the employee there was no problem, and closed the door.

Tejwant Danjou's second-degree murder trial continued in Kelowna court Tuesday with testimony from more police officers who attended the West Kelowna Best Western on the evening of July 22, 2018.

The hotel employee did call police after witnessing the gruesome scene inside the room, and Cpl. Justin Abels, Const. Lyndsey Schwindt and her recruit Const. Marcus Pearson were the first to arrive, at 7:18 p.m.

On Tuesday, Abels, now a Sergeant with the Kelowna RCMP, testified about his conversation with the hotel employee when they arrived. 

“The male ... was standing there in what she believed was blood or wine,” Sgt. Abels said, recounting what the employee saw when she knocked on the door. “She saw the female laying on the ground, who asked her to call 911. But she said that the male just opened the door and wasn't trying to hide anything.

Sgt. Abels said the man told the employee that “things were fine.”

When the officers entered the room, it was very apparent that things were not in fact fine. The woman, later identified as Rama Guaravarapu, was lying on the ground, bleeding and unconscious.

“She appeared to have been badly beaten,” Sgt. Abels said. “There was blood spatter on the wall, the bed and also on the cupboard across from where the victim was laying. It appeared there was blood spatter on the microwave, the fridge.”

Sgt. Abels asked his dispatch to send paramedics to the scene, requesting a “priority response.”

At 7:28 p.m., Const. Pearson noted that Guaravarapu was “gurgling and unresponsive,” and Sgt. Abels contacted dispatch again to ask the ambulance to “speed up their response.” Paramedics arrived at 7:41, but 11 minutes later, Guaravarapu had no pulse. She was officially declared deceased at 8:19 p.m.

Guaravarapu and Danjou had been living together in a spousal relationship since 2015.

Danjou, who was found hiding in a nearby dumpster just five minutes after Guaravarapu was pronounced dead, has admitted to inflicting the injuries that killed Guaravarapu. As a defence, he's expected to rely on his state of mind at the time, and whether or not he was able to form the intent for murder.

Audio recording taken during his arrest was played in court Tuesday, where Danjou repeatedly complained about bugs in his ear.

“There's an insect. My left ear, there's something going in my ear,” he said as he lay on the ground, shortly after he was read his Charter rights by Const. Rick Goodwin.

“There was just a little bit of dried blood that had come down from your head,” Const. Goodwin replies “I don't see anything else. It might be the grass that's going in.”

A few minutes later, Danjou continues: “I still have this thing bothering in my ear, something going in my ear. It's not blood.”

A recording was also played between Danjou and a paramedic who assessed him shortly after his arrest, before he was sent to Kelowna General Hospital

“Done any drugs today or drank any booze?” the paramedic asks.

“A lot of booze,” Danjou replies.

The trial will continue through the week, and carry over to next week.

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