ALBERTA

Bunty Loose Trial: Timmy Engel Found Guilty After Senior Dismembered

10/27/2014 11:04 EDT | Updated 12/27/2014 05:59 EST
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LETHBRIDGE, Alta. - A jury has found a southern Alberta man guilty of killing and dismembering a senior.

The torso of Otto (Bunty) Loose, who was 77, was discovered by police in woods near Bragg Creek in 2012.

The Vulcan man's hands were missing and his head was found several kilometres away.

Timmy Engel, who is 37, was found guilty of first-degree murder and interfering with human remains and has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.

Engel sobbed as the verdict was read, and he tried to leave the prisoner's dock, but was ordered to return to his seat.

He was excused from the courtroom following a second verbal outburst with profanity as the Crown addressed the judge.

"There's no way to prepare or comprehend that this could happen to someone I love," Loose's daughter, Lavonda Justinick, said Monday in her victim impact statement.

"Dad did not deserve to die in this matter."

During his trial, court heard that Engel cashed a $10,000 cheque from Loose, just one day after Loose was killed and before his body was found.

The Crown also said that Engel had used Loose's bank card to take more money out of his account, saying money was the motivation for the crime.

Earlier in the trial, two undercover police officers testified that Engel confessed to the murder and asked them to help him dispose of the head.

But Engel later recanted and said another man did it and he was just pulled along.

The defence presented no evidence in the case.

(CJOC)

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