KAMLOOPS, B.C. - A Kamloops jury has viewed video of a man telling an undercover police officer that he bashed his girlfriend on the head upwards of 60 times with a mallet and sledgehammer before packing her body in a cooler.
Robert Balbar's trial was opened Wednesday by prosecutors who played a secretly-taped recording of the man saying he repeatedly struck his girlfriend when she began waving around a machete, and then stowed away her body to avoid splattering the apartment with blood.
Balbar, 42, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Heather Hamill, whose body was found in the North Thompson River in 2003.
Court heard the video confession was obtained during a so-called Mr. Big police sting operation, which involves police posing as criminals to gather information.