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Title: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: Chris on September 14, 2009, 12:12:41 AM
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2009/09/13/nb-missing-teem.html

Ground search and rescue groups have stopped their search for a missing New Brunswick teenager.

But an unofficial search by family and friends is still underway in the tight-knit community of Eskinuopitijk First Nation, commonly known as Burnt Church.

Hilary Bonnell, 16, disappeared from Eskinuopitijk, in the northeast of the province, on Sept. 5. She had attended a party on the reserve with friends the night before and was last seen walking along Highway 11, about 7:30 a.m. AT

Community members have been following up on leads, and the band council is offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to Bonnell's safe return, said Bartibogue, who is Bonnell's cousin.

Bartibogue believes Bonnell is alive and wants police to speed up their investigation.

(http://www.cbc.ca/gfx/images/news/photos/2009/09/10/nb-hilary-bonnell-rcmp.jpg)
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: raisinpie on September 15, 2009, 04:26:30 PM
Sorry I don't know how to upload the photo, so if someone else does, please do so. Thanks!

http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/news/article/792199

Still no trace of Hilary Bonnell

Published Tuesday September 15th, 2009
RCMP Major Crime Unit called in to co-ordinate search efforts

Times & Transcript Staff
ESGENOOPETITJ - RCMP had little new to report yesterday regarding the ongoing search for a missing Esgenoopetitj First Nation teen.

Enlarge Photo PHOTO CONTRIBUTEDHilary Bonnell

Sixteen-year-old Hilary Bonnell has been missing since the morning of Sept. 5 after attending an all-night house party on the reserve, located about 30-minutes northeast of Miramichi.

District 8 RCMP spokesman Const. François Poirier said investigators are still sifting through witness statements trying to pinpoint exactly where and when Bonnell was last seen.

Poirier said the RCMP Major Crime Unit arrived on scene yesterday and will take the lead on all matters relating to the case.

He said the unit will examine every piece of information collected over the past 10 days in hopes of catching a break that will help lead them closer to finding the missing teen.

"Sometimes when you read a statement for the third or fourth time you might find something, so that's where we are right now," said Poirier.

About 10 officers are involved in the search right now and a special task force is being organized as well, he added.

Tri-County Ground Search and Rescue efforts were called off on Sunday, but hundreds of people within the community continue to scour the vast woods surrounding the area for any trace of Bonnell.

Poirier said a meeting was held last night with the band council to stress the need for RCMP and the community to work together in a more cohesive manner.

Investigators have expressed concern that the community-based search party runs the risk of hindering the case if they fail to properly document and report any potential evidence they may come across.

"It's good to have volunteers and help but you don't want to jeopardize the investigation and the security of Hilary, so we're asking them to work with us," said Poirier.

"I think the chief and council got the idea that we need to work together, and it could get a little messy if we're not acting properly and safely."

Bonnell was last spotted at about 7:30 a.m. Sept 5 on surveillance video at the 4-D's convenience store on Route 11 near the reserve.

Police say they're working leads from Miramichi, Bathurst, Moncton, and Tracadie-Sheila.

Bonnell is 5-5 and weighs about 134 pounds. She is aboriginal and has long black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black sweater, purple T-shirt, blue jean shorts and flip-flops.

* Anyone with information is asked to call the RCMP at 1-888-RCMP (7267) or New Brunswick Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: raisinpie on September 15, 2009, 04:34:52 PM
http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/news/article/788531

Hillary Bonnell still missing
Published Friday September 11th, 2009
16-year-old Miramichi resident has been missing for six days, RCMP have few leads
A1BY KRIS MCDAVID
Times & Transcript Staff
Stumble Upondel.icio.usDiggFacebookPrintEmail8 Comment(s)ESGENOOPETITJ - It's every parent's single worst nightmare, and for the past six days Pamela Fillier has been living it.

Fillier's 16-year-old daughter, Hilary Bonnell, hasn't been seen or heard from since early Saturday morning. With each passing day, the physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted mother becomes more certain that this isn't simply a case of a teenage runaway.

Bonnell was last spotted just after 7 a.m. Saturday on a video surveillance camera at the Four D's convenience store in her home community of Esgenoopetitj First Nation after attending a house party during the night.

The last communication anybody had with her though, a chilling text message sent to her first cousin later Saturday morning, has Fillier convinced that her daughter is in immediate danger.

According to Bonnell's family and the cousin who received the text, the missing teen indicated that she was scared and wanted to get away from wherever she was.

Fillier said her daughter, like many teenage girls, is constantly texting her friends and family to maintain a line of communication.

She said Bonnell's cellphone likely either ran out of batteries or was turned off after that last message because all attempts to reach her thereafter were unsuccessful.

"I'm drained, empty, frustrated, I think I'm ready to snap and go on some wild rampage," said Fillier.

"She better come home safely, for the sake of the person that's doing this to my daughter ... that girl is my world."

Fillier said that her daughter never had any reason to run away from home, noting that the two of them had an extremely open relationship and that Bonnell, no matter where she was, always kept her mother up-to-date about her location and when she'd be home.

"I'm not a mother to run away from; that little girl asks for something and she's got it -- she's my diamond," she said.

"She would tell me things I didn't even want to hear, and then she'd giggle and say 'Sorry mom, I just don't want to lie to you.'"

Bonnell's cousin, Haylie Bonnell, was with the missing girl the night of the party and received the troubling text message the next morning.

Haylie said she's very worried about her cousin's safety, noting that Bonnell didn't have her purse, makeup, or any cash on her when she left the party.

She also said it was strange that Bonnell's cellphone was mysteriously turned off after she tried to contact her after receiving the text.

"Her cellphone is her life, it's just not like her," said Haylie.

"And she'd never leave for this long without her purse and her makeup. She would never do that," added longtime friend Chelsea Somerville.

Susan Ward, Bonnell's aunt, said Bonnell was supposed to stay the night at her house on the reserve after the party.

Ward said Bonnell sounded upbeat when she contacted her from the party that night. She said her niece has an extremely trusting and outgoing personality, sometimes to a fault.

"She's outgoing and naïve; she's gullible in a way that as long as you're smiling and polite, she'll talk to you," said Ward. "But what she doesn't realize is that people can be (trustworthy) one minute and then change the next minute."

Ward, Fillier, Haylie and Bonnell's friends yesterday said that a suspicious pickup truck has been seen in the community recently with the male driver reportedly making inappropriate comments to girls.

The information has been forwarded to the RCMP.

District 8 RCMP spokesman Francois Poirier said investigators are wading through several other pieces of information taken from people in the tight-knit community, but said there's still nothing concrete to go on.

A team from the Tri-County Ground Search and Rescue arrived in Esgenoopetitj yesterday morning and organized a search party for most of the day, scouring every nook and cranny of the first nation community.

Department of Fisheries and Oceans aircraft with infra-red capabilities could be seen performing flyovers throughout the afternoon.

Poirier said the RCMP Tech Crime Unit in Fredericton is busy examining activity on the girl's cellphone and Facebook page.

He said K-9 Units have yet to be brought in because investigators haven't been able to uncover a single piece of evidence that would carry a scent for the dogs to track.

"It's a missing person's case, and we're looking at all possibilities right now," he said.

"We have to work every lead we have as fast as we can, but we don't have any timeline arranged so we just have to go with the flow."

Poirier said Mounties are co-operating with the Miramichi Police Force, who has been executing neighbourhood checks and roadblocks in the city.

Although originally from Esgenoopetitj, Bonnell lives with her mother in Miramichi and is a student at Miramichi Valley High School.

Bonnell is 5-5 and weighs about 134 pounds. She is aboriginal and has long black hair and dark brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black sweater, purple T-shirt, blue jean shorts and flip-flops.

n Anybody with information is being asked to contact RCMP Const. Joany Paradis at 779-5682 or the RCMP Neguac Detachment at 776-3000.

Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: raisinpie on September 15, 2009, 04:49:43 PM
Excellent chronology on this website of the events up to today!

http://www.helpfindmychild.net/hilary-bonnell
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: raisinpie on September 15, 2009, 04:55:59 PM
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2009/09/13/nb-missing-teem.html#socialcomments

This is Hillary's last text message to her cousin Hailey, quote from the CBC article on Sept 13/09: "They're concerned for her safety, since Bonnell sent a text message to a friend the morning she disappeared that read: "Oh God, I'm scared. I wanna leave"".
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: Sleuth on September 15, 2009, 05:12:59 PM
Here is another picture of young Hilary Bonnell as requested by Raisinpie.

Let's pull together to bring this lovely young girl home safe!!!!!!!

Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: capeheart on October 05, 2009, 10:13:51 AM
Her text message was that she was afraid, this was on the newscast at noon today. There is a $15,000 reward for Hilary's return. I don't think they are going to find Hilary at this point in time. She indicated she was afraid, but if she was and she did leave the area she was in, why didn't she go into the store that she passed. I believe those places are open 24 hours. She should have called her parents or someone to come and get her. Why would she be so afraid and not do anything about it. And what was her fear. She was too young to be at an all nite party, for sure. I know it is too late to think about that now. Maybe they just took her off the road and abducted her and she had no way of defending herself. Those who were at this party know what happened. They know who left after she did. The investigation has to go back to the party and find out who left after her. I believe she was abducted and could not do anything about it. Why didn't she say who she was afraid of or does her cousin have an idea. Maybe the police are being tightlipped and they are waiting to swoop in on the individual responsible for Hilary's disappearance. God bless her mom and family members and prayers for Hilary's safe return. :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: capeheart on November 04, 2009, 10:23:56 PM
There are two properties that are cordoned off in Burnt Church, the community where Hilary went missing. It was indicated these properties were in the last place Hilary was seen. Apparently something has been found in that area and the forensics team was all over the place today. As I understand it, Hilary's uncle owns one of the property's, which I believe is the store, where she was last seen. That information was on the CTV news this evening. Her mom is in hope that she will come home. Prayers that they do find Hilary and bring her home. :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: solvy on November 04, 2009, 10:53:05 PM
Hi Cape,  This case is far from me geographically, but any missing child bothers me terribly.  I was reading further, and wondered if you had seen this report.  It notes that Hilarys mom has been contacted and threatened!!  Wow she seems to know who these people are.  When you read this article include the comment section , it does give further insight to the case.

Wednesday Oct 28 | Posted by: Canadian Crime News
Pam Fillier confronting people in search for daughter Hilary Bonnell

Full story: www.cbc.ca
Canadian Crime News: Atlantic: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 CBC News A northeastern New Brunswick mother thinks someone in a nearby community knows where her 16-year-old daughter is and she is confronting people for clues. Pam Fillier , whose daughter Hilary Bonnell disappeared from Eskinuopitijk First Nation, commonly known as Burnt Church, on Sept. 5, said she plans to continue to pressure people until she finds her daughter. "To the people that have my daughter. I'm not a woman who will run home and cry. I'm not leaving," Fillier said on Tuesday. "Like I said that night, give me what I want and I'll go away. Give me my daughter. I'll go away. Other than that, I'm here to stay. I'm not leaving until I get my daughter back and that is a promise." One area that Fillier has targeted in her search for her daughter is the nearby community of Rivière-du-Portage. Fillier said the people she believes are responsible for abducting her daughter have threatened her and told her to back off. Although Bonnell's family has not given up searching locally for the missing teenager, they are now raising money for a national billboard campaign to develop leads. They're hoping that billboards set up outside the community will help widen that search. Bonnell has dark eyes and black, shoulder-length hair. She is five feet five inches tall and weighs about 134 pounds. She was last seen wearing a purple T-shirt, a black sweater, jean shorts and sandals.

Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: raisinpie on November 05, 2009, 12:08:33 PM
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/rss/article/846012

Investigation Warrant executed near store where 16-year-old girl last seen
Marty Klinkenberg Telegraph-Journal

Police began searching a residence at the Esgenoopetitj First Nation on Tuesday, looking for evidence in a "criminal investigation."

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RCMP began searching a home at the Esgenoopetitj First Nation on Tuesday morning after executing a search warrant.  Hilary Bonnell Insp. Roch Fortin, the District Commander for the RCMP in the Acadian Peninsula, said a team of officers arrived at the scene in the morning and will likely remain for several days.

Police brought in tow trucks and removed two vehicles from the yard and forensic experts wearing white suits placed items from the house into black bags. Officers were searching outside the residence as well.

"We have just begun,'' Fortin said.

The home is near the convenience store where 16-year-old Hilary Bonnell was last seen on Sept. 5.

The inspector would not confirm that the investigation was linked to the teen, who disappeared shortly after sending a text message early that morning - "Oh my God, I am so scared-" to a friend.

"All I can say is that we are looking for evidence related to a criminal investigation,'' Fortin said. "We had enough evidence to get a warrant authorizing entering someone's residence."

The house that is being searched belongs to Hilary Bonnell's uncle, Christopher Bonnell, a band councillor at the Esgenoopetitj First Nation, Bonnell's mother Pamela Fillier confirmed Tuesday.

Officers were observed leading a man away from the property early in the day, but Fortin said no arrest was made. He said a news conference may be arranged today, however.

Pamela Fillier and Bonnell's stepfather, Fred Fillier, were close at hand on Tuesday, watching from the parking lot of the 4D's Grocery as officers searched the house a short distance away.

"I am hanging in there,'' Pamela Fillier said Tuesday night.

A crowd of more than 100 people, some of whom have helped the Filliers look for Hilary in the First Nation area since her disappearance, joined the couple outside the store and watched as a swarm of investigators descended on the nearby property. Fifteen police vehicles, including a forensic identification unit, were at the scene.

A high-spirited teenager who adored shopping and still asked to be tucked into bed at night, Bonnell disappeared only a few days before she was to resume classes at Miramichi Valley High School.

"I miss her so much, the air I breathe doesn't even feel the same anymore,'' her mother said recently. "I can feel her cheeks on my lips as if she is right there, and I can feel her little arms.

"How can people be so heartless, to do this to a child?"
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: raisinpie on November 05, 2009, 12:34:42 PM
http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/nb/news-nouvelles/releases-communiques/Sep2409_112604-eng.htm

RCMP Poster dated September 24, 2009

The RCMP are continuing their investigation into the disappearance of 16-year old Hilary Bonnell. The Burnt Church teen went missing on September 5, 2009.

The award offered by the Chief and Council from the Burnt Church First Nation and donations received from people attending the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs, now stands at $15,645. In addition, New Brunswick Crime Stoppers is also offering an up to $2000 maximum award for information leading to Hilary’s whereabouts.

Bonnell was last seen on September 5 at approximately 7:30 a.m. walking on Highway 11 in the Burnt Church First Nation. She is described as being 1.65 m tall (5 feet 5 inches) and weighs 61 kg (134lbs). She is aboriginal and has dark brown eyes and long black hair. She was wearing a purple T-shirt, a black sweater, blue denim shorts and sandals. Since that time, there have been extensive searches conducted by the police, partner agencies and numerous volunteers.

Anyone with any information that may lead to locating Hilary is asked to call N.B. Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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Sgt. Noel Cyr
N.B Crime Stoppers
506-452-4105

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Sorry I couldn't upload the photos!  So if anyone can help here, that would be fantastic!

Also, please see Facebook:  MISSING HILARY BONNELL, AGE 16, PLEASE JOIN OUR GROUP

Prayers that Hilary will soon return home!
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: Sleuth on November 05, 2009, 02:03:31 PM
Young Hilary Bonnell's mother sounds like she has a lot of inner strength. Kudos to her for not backing down!  :)
It doesn't sound good, but I hope and pray that Hilary is found safe.
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: lostlinganer on November 05, 2009, 03:47:32 PM
This is definitely one case where I would hope the people of this child's (an she is a child in my opinion) community should stand up to whatever native traditional law that might be protecting this possible jerk.  I hope they conregate in droves and turn over every rock and jerk until they find this girl.  Maybe already too late, but get the bast#@*!
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: raisinpie on November 05, 2009, 07:55:59 PM
The community must do EVERYTHING they can to bring her home. If anyone has information please call Crime Stoppers.  In many communities we know that the walls of silence just go up and information is withheld.  Please do the right thing and call Crime Stoppers to ensure your identity is not known!

Prayers for Hilary and also pray for the strength of her Mother, Pam and family!
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: capeheart on November 07, 2009, 10:10:22 PM
Thanks for updating and the links. It is really good that they do have a lead to what may have happened to Hilary. I am glad for all the help Burnt Church is getting from the other police forces. Prayers that Hilary will be found. And I also urge anyone who has any information to contact Crime Stoppers and give information that you have, you do not have to identify yourself, but let us bring the young girl home to her mother.  ??? ??? ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: raisinpie on November 10, 2009, 04:18:38 PM
Note:  Keep in mind that there is no connection, at this point, between Curtis Bonnell and the disappearance of Hilary Bonnell.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2009/11/10/nb-miramichi-court-assault-1131.html

Burnt Church man charged with sexual assault, confinement
Last Updated: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 | 12:36 PM AT
CBC News
A 29-year-old Burnt Church, N.B., man is facing four charges in connection to a sexual assault that allegedly took place on Sunday.

Curtis Bonnell is facing four charges, including sexual assault, unlawful confinement and resisting arrest.

The female victim has been identified only as MAWS.

When Bonnell walked into Miramichi provincial court on Tuesday morning, he immediately sat down, hunched over and covered his face.

Bonnell told Judge Geri Mahoney that he wasn't feeling well enough to stand up.

After the four charges against him were read in court, Bonnell was advised to consult with a lawyer before his bail hearing, scheduled for Friday.

He became upset and demanded that he skip the bail hearing and go on to the next legal step. He went on to swear at the judge and told Mahoney that he didn't care if he forced him out of the courtroom.

The judge removed him from court for the outburst.

He will remain in custody until the bail hearing.

Bonnell is the cousin of Hilary Bonnell, a teenager who went missing two months ago from the Esgenoopetitj First Nation, which is commonly known as Burnt Church.

The RCMP had officers and forensic investigators working Monday at the house on the First Nation where the alleged sexual assault occurred. Police were at the same house as part of a criminal investigation last week.

Police would not comment on the nature of the earlier investigation or on evidence seized at the house. Nor would they connect the search to the disappearance of Hilary Bonnell.


Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: raisinpie on November 10, 2009, 04:22:09 PM
Regrets these news items are not in chronological order...

http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/front/article/852502

Man held in sex assault
Published Tuesday November 10th, 2009
Arrest connected to alleged assault on 17-year-old girl
A1BY KRIS MCDAVID Times & Transcript Staff
ESGENOOPETITJ - Just days after RCMP wrapped up a major search of an Esgenoopetitj First Nation home located just steps away from where missing teenager Hilary Bonnell was last seen, police returned to the home on Sunday to make an arrest in an unrelated case.

District 8 RCMP Insp. Roch Fortin said yesterday that police arrested a 29-year-old man at the Route 11 property Sunday evening after receiving a complaint from a 17-year-old girl at about 6 a.m. relating to a sexual assault.

Police are not releasing the man's identity at this time.

The brown bungalow where the arrest was made was confirmed last week by several sources, including Hilary's mother Pamela Fillier, her husband Fred Fillier and family friend Denise Parker, as belonging to Christopher Bonnell, Hilary's uncle and a band councillor.

The Burnt Church house was one of two searched by RCMP last week for evidence pertaining to an unnamed criminal investigation.

Fortin said the 29-year-old is being held in Tracadie-Sheila while he awaits a court appearance. The RCMP said last night he will appear in Miramichi provincial court this morning. He said the arrest is solely linked to the alleged sexual assault reported Sunday and not to the Hilary Bonnell investigation.

Meanwhile, Fortin said police completed their search of the sprawling Tabusintac property, also belonging to Christopher Bonnell, located on the Cains Point Road on Saturday, as well as other searches of undisclosed properties in the Burnt Church and Neguac area.

He said that while RCMP aren't able to disclose whether the search of the properties belonging to Christopher Bonnell were in any way tied to the missing teen, he said that the follow-up searches of separate properties in the area, including two additional properties yesterday, were indeed linked to Hilary.

"We were looking with a dog handler looking for possible evidence linked with the Hilary Bonnell case, but I cannot give you any more information than that," he said.

"I cannot link the two properties we did with a search warrant (to Hilary) because no one has been arrested or charged, but the other properties are directly related to the Hilary Bonnell case."

Addressing the media yesterday in the parking lot of the 4D's convenience store where her daughter was last seen on surveillance camera over two months ago and clutching a portrait of a newborn Hilary, Fillier vowed to continue her own personal search for Hilary, pointing out that she'll be going wherever she needs to go until she has a reason to stop.

The only day she'd ever stop fighting for her daughter, she said, would be the day she finally comes home.

"We need to stand up and protect our children, our babies, and if we don't then who will?" she added, tears streaming down her exhausted face.

Fillier issued another plea to the public to come forward to police with any information they may have.

Anybody with information pertaining to the missing teen can report it anonymously to New Brunswick Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

A combined reward of close to $18,000 is being offered by the band and Crime Stoppers for information leading to Hilary's safe return.


Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: raisinpie on November 10, 2009, 04:25:41 PM
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/actualites/article/852306

Police arrest man at home searched last week
Published Tuesday November 10th, 2009
Investigation: Cousin of missing teen being held in unrelated sex assault
A5KRIS MCDAVID canadaeast news service
ESGENOOPETITJ - Just days after RCMP wrapped up a major search of an Esgenoopetitj First Nation home located just steps away from where missing teenager Hilary Bonnell was last seen, police returned to the home on Sunday to make an arrest.

Enlarge Photo Kris McDavid/canadaeast news serviceClutching a baby portrait of her daughter, Hilary Bonnell, Pamela Fillier and her husband, Fred Fillier, address the media on Monday. District 8 RCMP Insp. Roch Fortin said Monday that police arrested a 29-year-old man at the Route 11 property on Sunday evening after receiving a complaint from a 17-year-old girl at about 6 a.m. relating to a sexual assault.

Although police wouldn't confirm the man's identity, Pamela Fillier, Hilary's mother and her husband Fred, confirmed the man to be Curtis Bonnell, son of Hilary's uncle and band councillor Christopher Bonnell.

Two of Christopher Bonnell's properties, the brown Esgenoopetitj bungalow and an 80-acre property in Tabusintac, were the focus of a massive RCMP search relating to a criminal investigation last week.

The Filliers also said Curtis Bonnell has been residing at the Route 11 property for some time.

Fortin said the 29-year-old is being held in Tracadie-Sheila while he awaits a court date, adding police are filing an application to keep him in custody.

He said the arrest is not linked to the Hilary Bonnell investigation.

Meanwhile, Fortin said police completed their search of the sprawling Tabusintac property located on the Cains Point Road on Saturday, as well as other searches of undisclosed properties in the Burnt Church and Neguac area.

He said that, while RCMP aren't able to disclose whether the search of the properties belonging to Christopher Bonnell were in any way tied to the missing teen, he said that the followup searches of separate properties in the area, including two additional properties Monday were indeed linked to the case of the missing 16-year-old girl.

"We were looking with a dog handler looking for possible evidence linked with the Hilary Bonnell case, but I cannot give you any more information than that," he said.

"I cannot link the two properties we did with a search warrant (to Hilary) because no one has been arrested or charged, but the other properties are directly related to the Hilary Bonnell case."

Addressing the media Monday in the parking lot of the 4D's convenience store where her daughter was last seen on surveillance camera over two months ago, Fillier said she was pleased with the arrest.

"It's not confirmed that it's directly linked to my daughter but all of the things that have been going on - I'm happy about it," she said, clutching a portrait of a newborn Hilary.

Focused as ever, Fillier said she'll be going wherever she needs to go in her search for her daughter until she has a reason to stop.

The only day she'd ever stop fighting for Hilary, she said, would be the day she finally comes home. Fillier issued another plea to the public to come forward with any information they may have.

Anybody with information pertaining to the missing teen can report it anonymously to New Brunswick Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

A combined reward of close to $18,000 is being offered by the band and Crime Stoppers for information leading to Hilary's safe return.
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: solvy on November 10, 2009, 04:44:34 PM
this case just gets stranger and stranger! 
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: capeheart on November 10, 2009, 08:18:26 PM
Obviously there was reason to believe that Hilary disappeared right at the last place she was last seen. With this man having such a stack  of four different sexual assaults, it sure puts the light on him in this case. Of course, the police are investigating and as you say Solvy, this is a strange case. But now the police have some leads, maybe the case will be solved. Hopefully, soon there will be answers on the disappearance of Hilary. :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: raisinpie on November 13, 2009, 12:45:50 PM
The Missing Hilary Bonnell Facebook page is now changed to HILARY BONNELL and there are many messages of condolences to the family.  Very sad.
There is a new conference at 4pm today by the New Brunswick RCMP.  I'm on CST time, so I don't know what time that is here. 

Another sad day!  May the creator watch over her and her family & trust that the creator was immediately with her while she endured the pain that may have been inflicted upon her. 

http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/nb/news-nouvelles/releases-communiques/Nov1309_114209-eng.htm

Media advisory - Development in Hilary Bonnell disappearance investigation, Tracadie-Sheila, N.B.
2009/11/13


The Acadian Peninsula RCMP will be holding a news conference for media regarding the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of 16-year old Hilary Bonnell.

The news conference will be held on November 13, 2009 at 4 p.m. at the RCMP Command Post for the Hilary Bonnell investigation located at 3510 rue principale in Tracadie-Sheila, N.B. (Jean Coutu Pharmacy building).

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Sgt. Claude Tremblay
RCMP New Brunswick Media Relations Officer
506-470-9505
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: raisinpie on November 13, 2009, 12:47:34 PM
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2009/11/13/nb-hilary-bonnell-1217.html?ref=rss

RCMP has news on N.B. missing teen case
Last Updated: Friday, November 13, 2009 | 1:33 PM AT Comments0Recommend81CBC News
The New Brunswick RCMP will announce a development in the disappearance of Hilary Bonnell at 4 p.m. in Tracadie-Sheila. (RCMP)The RCMP is set to announce a development in the search for Hilary Bonnell, the Esgenoopetitj First Nation teenager who went missing two months ago from the northern New Brunswick community.

RCMP Insp. Roch Fortin will speak to reporters at 4 p.m. AT in Tracadie-Sheila, N.B., regarding the case.

Bonnell, 16, was last seen on Sept. 5 walking along Highway 11 in Esgenoopetitj, commonly known as Burnt Church.

The RCMP searched properties in Burnt Church and another in the nearby community of Tabusintac last week that were connected to a criminal investigation. At the time, the RCMP did not link that search to Bonnell's disappearance.

More to come
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: lostlinganer on November 13, 2009, 12:56:56 PM
...yet another Friday the 13th update! Is Friday a typical day for "updates"?
Be safe child! 
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: Sleuth on November 13, 2009, 02:07:24 PM
 Curtis Bonnell will be in court,Friday November 13. 2009 at 9am at the Miramichi Provincial court! I've heard nothing since except as raisinpie mentioned an update by RCMP at 4:00 PM.

My prayers are with the family of Hilary, especially with her mother Pam.
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: raisinpie on November 13, 2009, 02:47:24 PM
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2009/11/13/nb-hilary-bonnell-1217.html#socialcomments

RCMP believe body may be missing N.B. teen's
Last Updated: Friday, November 13, 2009 | 1:33 PM AT CBC News

Hilary Bonnell disappeared two months ago from her northern New Brunswick community. (RCMP)RCMP have discovered a body in an wooded area in northern New Brunswick and believe it may be that of Hilary Bonnell, the Esgenoopetitj First Nation teenager who went missing two months ago from the northern New Brunswick community.

RCMP Insp. Roch Fortin told reporters that police had been searching in the former military firing range in Tracadie-Sheila, which is where they found the body.

The remains have been sent for additional testing and identification. However, RCMP said Bonnell is the only person reported missing in the area.

Police said foul play is suspected, and they have a suspect.

The suspect is in police custody.

Bonnell, 16, was last seen on Sept. 5 walking along Highway 11 in Esgenoopetitj, commonly known as Burnt Church.

The RCMP searched properties in Burnt Church and another in the nearby community of Tabusintac last week that were connected to a criminal investigation. At the time, the RCMP did not link that search to Bonnell's disappearance.
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: capeheart on November 13, 2009, 03:05:14 PM
The headlines news has indicated that Hilary Bonnell's body was found in a wooded area where she went missing. A sad ending for Hilary. My sympathy goes out to her mom, friends and family members. Thanks to the police who have done an extensive search to find Hilary. Trusting the evidence will convict the person who took Hilary's life. :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: Chris on November 13, 2009, 11:03:40 PM
This is very sad
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: Sleuth on November 14, 2009, 01:46:01 AM
RIP Hilary Bonnell


                                               So has a Daisy vanished
                                               From the fields today --
                                               So tiptoed many a slipper
                                               To Paradise away --
                                                                             Emily Dickinson
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: Sue on November 14, 2009, 07:42:49 AM
 :'( :'( :'( :'(
 My prayers an thoughts are with Hilary's family an friends !!!
 Another family to lose a child to MURDER. May the creator put his          loving arms around Hilary's Mom an Dad an family members !!!
 Hilary you are now a beautiful Angel. RIP PEACE ANGEL....
 No one can ever hurt you again !!!
 May we please bring back the Death Penalty, and just maybe
 theses EVIL MONSTERS would think twice about what there going
 to do ??? And the KILLING will stop just because they get a thrill.
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: lostlinganer on November 14, 2009, 10:34:01 AM
RIP little girl.... God help your family cope!  The devil take those who did this to you. >:(
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: lalablue on November 17, 2009, 03:16:33 PM
I am saddened to hear that Hilary is no longer with us, it is so crucial that when a person goes missing that we start searching asap, within 48hrs so much can be done. My hearts go out to her family and friends.
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: raisinpie on November 17, 2009, 04:45:48 PM
The below story is copied from the webiste Moncton Forum - Greater Moncton's #1 Online Community.  I don't think the picture of Curtis copied and pasted.  Maybe someone can add the pic.

Once again, this is just horrible!

RIP HILARY!!!! We trust that Creator took your pain as you endured that terrible assault!


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Repeat Sex Offender Curtis Bonnell discloses location of Hilary Bonnell's body

2009 11 13
From the CBC News site, plus
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2009/11/13/nb-hilary-bonnell-1217.html

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2009/11/13/nb-hilary-bonnell-1217.html




Under questioning by RCMP Officers, known Repeat Sex Offender Curtis Wayne Bonnell, 29, revealed the location of 16 year old Hilary Bonnell's body.

Police had been searching in the former military firing range in Tracadie-Sheila where the body was located.

The remains have been sent for additional testing and identification. An autopsy is scheduled to be performed in Saint John on Saturday.

Evidence discovered at the scene, including some clothing, also suggests the body is Hilary's.

Hilary, 16, was last seen on Sept. 5 walking along Highway 11 in Esgenoopetitj, commonly known as Burnt Church.

RCMP Insp. Roch Fortin  mentioned Hilary's  mother, Pam Fillier, who had given him a traditional "tobacco offering." It was that same day that there was a "major break" in the investigation that allowed police to recover Hilary, said Fortin, showing reporters the small, cloth sachet.

"The RCMP will continue to work diligently to discover what happened to Hilary," Fortin said.

"There's a lot of work still to be done for us to complete this investigation," he said, appealing to anyone with information to contact the RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

"We need to finish what we started. We need to have a successful prosecution.........We need to ensure the individual or individuals [responsible] are not roaming the streets anymore."

Curtis Bonnell , who is a cousin of the missing Hilary, had been released from Prison about 2 years ago after serving 5 years for a previous sexual assault.

He currently is being held in remand for another alleged sexual assault occuring at his residence last Saturday.

That residence and another property were the subject of a massive, intensive search the previous week.


Curtis Wayne Bonnell
photo by Lucas McInnis/Canadaeast News Service
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: capeheart on November 17, 2009, 05:22:29 PM
It is just so sad that this man was known to be a sex offender and nobody could save Hilary from him. She was a relative and that makes it all the more horrific. I mean sometimes we think if it is a stranger abduction, it may be more easier to accept. But a family member, it has to be devastating. I send my condolences to her mom and family members. I truly hope that there will be more education and warnings put in place for young aboriginal women and all young people out there. They trust others and think they are having fun because they are around people they know. Parents have to teach their children, call home no matter what time it is and we will come and get you. This man is evil and should get the max penalty. ??? ??? ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: nbgirl on November 23, 2009, 06:50:40 PM
Unfortunately, Hilary has been found and since layed to rest.  Rest in Peace sweet little girl.
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: lostlinganer on November 23, 2009, 07:39:58 PM
guess I'm getting weaker....all the little ones that have gone by through here...you think you've seen it all.... for some reason, this young girl makes me weep for vengence. 
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: Sleuth on November 24, 2009, 01:06:07 AM
Here is the article when Curtis Wayne Bonnell was in court on the sexual assault charge against he young 17 year old.
This really makes my heart weep for young Hilary. 'If only' she had texted where she was. I think 'if only' are the two saddest words anyone can say.  :'( :'( :'(

Esgenoopetitj (Burnt Church) First Nation man Curtis Bonnell remanded on sexual assault charges

Friday Nov 13

Canadian Crime News :Sex Offence charges Canadian sex offence charges registry Esgenoopetitj (Burnt Church) First Nation,New Brunswick, Sex Offence charges:sexual assault November 11th, 2009 Adam Huras Telegraph-Journal,Saint John, New Brunswick MIRAMICHI - A 29-year-old Esgenoopetitj First Nation man who was arrested at a home that was the focus of an extensive RCMP search last week was arraigned Tuesday on four charges related to a sexual assault on a 17-year-old girl. Curtis Wayne Bonnell was ushered into court by three RCMP officers, hiding his face in his hat with his chin tucked tightly placed against a grey shirt before he sat down in the prisoner's box.

When provincial court Judge Geri Mahoney asked him to stand up to hear the charges, Bonnell said he couldn't because he was feeling sick.

He then refused to make eye contact with the judge as the charges, including sexual assault, unlawful confinement and resisting arrest, were read.

Mahoney then advised Bonnell to consult with a lawyer before a bail hearing. Bonnell strongly objected and demanded to enter a plea immediately.

"I want to go through to the next step," Bonnell said.

After Mahoney repeated that Bonnell should consult legal counsel, he began to shout profanities at the judge. He was then removed from the courtroom.

Crown prosecutor Bannon Morrissy objected to Bonnell's release.

Bonnell was remanded into custody. He is to return Friday to Miramichi provincial court for a bail hearing.

He's being held in Moncton until then.

Bonnell is the cousin of 16-year-old Hilary Bonnell, who has been missing from the Esgenoopetitj First Nation for more than two months, Hilary's mother has said.

Pamela Fillier has also said that Curtis Bonnell has been living at a First Nation home that police and forensic investigators were combing through for some time last week. The property belongs to Curtis's father Christopher Bonnell, she said.

As part of what the RCMP called a major investigation, police have also searched a property in Tabisuntac that they have said they belongs to the owner as the Esgenoopetitj home.

RCMP Insp. Roch Fortin said Tuesday that charges against Curtis Bonnell are not linked to the Hilary Bonnell investigation.

Fortin confirmed that undisclosed properties throughout the Burnt Church area are still being searched in that case.

Esgenoopetitj First Nation Chief Wilbur Dedam said that the sexual assault charges have added to the unease in the Mi'kmaq community of 1,200 people.

http://www.topix.com/ca/moncton-area-nb/2009/11/esgenoopetitj-burnt-church-first-nation-man-curtis-bonnell-remanded-on-sexual-assault-charges

Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: Sleuth on November 24, 2009, 01:09:03 AM
Friday Nov 13 |
Repeat Sex Offender Curtis Bonnell discloses location of Hilary Bonnell's body


Canadian Crime News: : Sex Offences / Offenders Canadian Sex Offenders Registry Esgenoopetitj (Burnt Church) First Nation,New Brunswick,Sex Offender:sexual assault 2009 11 13 Under questioning by RCMP Officers, known Repeat Sex Offender Curtis Wayne Bonnell , 29, revealed the location of missing 16 year old Hilary Bonnell's body. Police had been searching in the former military firing range in Tracadie-Sheila where the body was located. The remains have been sent for additional testing and identification. An autopsy is scheduled to be performed in Saint John on Saturday. Evidence discovered at the scene, including some clothing, also suggests the body is Hilary's. Hilary, 16, was last seen on Sept. 5 walking along Highway 11 in Esgenoopetitj, commonly known as Burnt Church. RCMP Insp. Roch Fortin mentioned Hilary's mother, Pam Fillier, who had given him a traditional "tobacco offering." It was that same day that there was a "major break" in the investigation that allowed police to recover Hilary, said Fortin, showing reporters the small, cloth sachet. "The RCMP will continue to work diligently to discover what happened to Hilary," Fortin said. "There's a lot of work still to be done for us to complete this investigation," he said, appealing to anyone with information to contact the RCMP or Crime Stoppers. "We need to finish what we started. We need to have a successful prosecution.........We need to ensure the individual or individuals [responsible] are not roaming the streets anymore." Curtis Bonnell , who is a cousin of the missing Hilary, had been released from Prison about 2 years ago after serving 5 years for a previous sexual assault. He currently is being held in remand for another alleged sexual assault occuring at his residence last Saturday. That residence and another property were the subject of a massive, intensive search the previous week.

http://www.topix.com/who/crime/2009/11/repeat-sex-offender-curtis-bonnell-discloses-location-of-hilary-bonnells-body
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: capeheart on November 25, 2009, 08:27:25 PM
More should have been done to keep the community safe from this sex offender. If the young people knew he was a sexual predator, why in the heck would they be in his company. This is such a tragic event for the family and the community. I truly hope the maximum sentence will be placed on this individual, to keep him away from the young people of that community. 8) 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: debbiec on December 09, 2009, 10:27:30 AM
By The Canadian Press

 
ESGENOOPETITJ, N.B. - A 29-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 16-year-old girl that stunned residents of a small New Brunswick native community.


RCMP say they laid the charge Tuesday against Curtis Bonnell in Miramichi provincial court. The body of Hilary Bonnell of Esgenoopetitj First Nation, also known as Burnt Church, was found last month buried in a remote wooded area that's part of a former military training area.


She had been missing since Sept. 5 after attending a house party the night before on the reserve of 1,100, setting off a massive search.


Her last confirmed sighting was recorded on surveillance footage at a convenience store in the community.


Her death stunned the reserve's residents. More than 500 people attended her funeral as her mother, Pamela Fillier, wept over her casket.


Chiefs from First Nations across Atlantic Canada were on hand at the service to show their support, as was the province's lieutenant-governor.


Hilary Bonnell's cause of death has not been released.


Police said they would release more information at a news conference later Wednesday.


Curtis Bonnell is to appear in court at a later date, officers said.


Media reports say he is Hilary Bonnell's cousin.


In a separate matter, he also faces charges related to an alleged sexual assault in November
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: Chris on December 09, 2009, 03:38:05 PM
A cousin? how sad.
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: lostlinganer on December 09, 2009, 04:31:18 PM
....so many beautiful young people getting murdered because they fail to recognize what lurks around them.... and they are far too trusting, and in the habit of not keeping their guard up.  Will they ever realize this is the reason parents "nag" them about "the people who they shouldn't be around".  God help this family and all Hilary's friends.  I hope this guy gets what's coming to him....it'll never be bad enough, but one can't help but hope.
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: Sleuth on December 09, 2009, 11:45:16 PM
This is one of the reasons I feel the Death Penalty should be reinstated. I know it will never happen, but it is on my 'Wish List'. Even if the Government changed 'life' to LIFE, and that, to me, mean's until the last breath taken. 
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: solvy on December 09, 2009, 11:53:15 PM

I'll second that Sleuth!!
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: Sue on December 10, 2009, 06:42:59 PM
I'm also for the Death Penalty Sleuth !! A life for a life !!
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: capeheart on December 20, 2009, 02:03:58 PM
I also think the death penalty should be reinstated. I think in such cases as in the death of Hilary and Tori's abduction and murder, this sure calls for to reinstate the death sentence. A life for a life. ??? ??? ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: Squiggleywiggs on July 23, 2011, 04:24:22 PM
"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." - Mahatma Gandhi

Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: SAP on November 21, 2012, 02:07:17 AM
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/story/2012/11/13/nb-bonnell-sentence.html

Curtis Bonnell has been given an automatic life sentence for the first-degree murder of his 16-year-old cousin Hilary Bonnell in 2009.

Bonnell was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years. But Bonnell's case falls under the so-called faint hope clause, which will allow him to apply for early parole after 15 years.

A jury found the 32-year-old man guilty earlier this month after deliberating for six and a half hours.

A first-degree murder charge comes with an automatic life sentence, with no chance of parole for 25 years.

'I don’t go anywhere anymore, I don’t visit anyone. My heart is so broken and filled with grief. He stole my baby girl, assaulted her then killed her. He killed a big part of me.'
— Pam Fillier, mother
Several members of Hilary Bonnell’s family read victim impact statements in court on Wednesday.

Pam Fillier started crying before she began reading her statement. It took her several moments before she could start. She recounted the pain she has suffered since her daughter went missing.

“I don’t go anywhere anymore, I don’t visit anyone. My heart is so broken and filled with grief. He stole my baby girl, assaulted her then killed her. He killed a big part of me,” she told the court.

Fillier said she was particularly upset about how her daughter’s killer refused to show any remorse during the trial.

She said she hopes Bonnell is haunted for the rest of his life with the memory of killing her daughter.

“One day [Bonnell] will answer to the highest court of all, for all the evil you have done. It’s bad enough what you did to her but to drag her name through the mud. That’s the worst of all,” she said.

“And I hope you get what you gave her.”

Hilary Bonnell disappeared from the Esgenoopetitj First Nation on Sept. 5, 2009. (RCMP)
Fillier told the court how she’s struggled to cope with the loss of her daughter and how she has nightmares regularly.

The mother also described how she is forced to explain to her son that his big sister is never coming home.

“Do you know how awful it is to look at your four-year-old child and for him to put his arms up to heaven to cry, to cry for his big sister every day because of you, because of you,” Fillier said, pointing to Bonnell in the courtroom.

“Crying for his sister to come back, wanting to go to heaven to be with her.”

Boyd Bonnell, Hilary's father, also broke down inside the courtroom as he read his victim impact statement.

He told the court how he would not be able to see his daughter graduate or walk her down the aisle at her wedding.

He said he does not understand how Curtis Bonnell could have done this to his daughter.

"He will have time to think about what he's done, not only to Hilary, but also to our family, which will affect us all for the rest of our lives," he said.

Once Fillier finished her victim impact statement, Justice Fred Ferguson asked Bonnell if he wanted to address the court. Bonnell nodded no.

Hilary Bonnell disappeared in 2009
Bonnell has been in custody since November 2009.

Hilary’s disappearance from the Esgenoopetitj First Nation on Sept. 5, 2009 sparked an extensive search.

Her cousin, arrested two months later, was accused of holding her against her will, sexually assaulting her and killing her.

Evidence at the trial showed Curtis Bonnell had told police, his father and a Esgenoopetitj First Nation spiritual elder that he had killed her. But the defence maintained the confession was given to police under pressure

Two months later, Bonnell led police to a wooded area where he said he buried Hilary's body.

The jury gave its verdict on its second day of deliberations
Title: Re: Hilary Bonnell, 16 | Missing (Sept. 5, 2009)
Post by: Sap1 on September 07, 2016, 01:09:04 AM
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/supreme-court-refuses-to-hear-curtis-bonnell-murder-appeal-1.3154910

Curtis Bonnell's bid to overturn his first-degree murder conviction for killing his cousin through an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada has been rejected.

On Thursday, the country's highest court dismissed Bonnell's request for leave to appeal his 2012 conviction in the death of 16-year-old Hilary Bonnell in 2009.

As is customary, the court does not give reasons for refusing to grant leave for appeal.

Bonnell was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder with the Crown arguing he killed Hilary Bonnell during a sexual assault and unlawful confinement.

Bonnell led police to the victim's burial site on the day after his arrest. While in custody, Bonnell, who is aboriginal, asked to speak with a elder and police recorded a phone conversation in which Bonnell confessed to the elder.

Bonnell subsequently confessed to police at the urging of the elder. But Bonnell testified at trial that the confession was false and he had no memory of the killing due to drug and alcohol use.

A conviction of first-degree murder carries with it an automatic sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.