01/19/2016 14:07 EST | Updated 01/19/2017 00:12 EST

Forensic expert at trial for couple accused of abuse says he found hair in tape

REGINA — A forensic identification expert testifying at the trial of a Regina couple accused of abusing two little girls says he found duct tape with hair stuck to it.

Const. Garth Fleece told a Regina court that he also found dark hair in the knot of a piece of pink fabric, as well as cardboard with blood and feces in the girls' room.

Fleece was the first witness at the trial of Tammy and Kevin Goforth, who are charged with second-degree murder and criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

The pair was charged after a four-year-old girl in their care died in August 2012.

The Crown alleges that the four-year-old and her two-year-old sister, who survived, were malnournished, kept in poor conditions and at times restrained.

In their opening address Monday, defence lawyers told the jury that they might hear shocking evidence, but also urged the jurors not to rush to conclusions.

The Canadian Press