01/11/2017 14:18 EST | Updated 01/12/2018 00:12 EST

Elliot Lake mall buyer 'fabricated' conversation of repair issues before collapse, Robert Wood tells court

In his testimony regarding the collapse of the Algo Centre Mall in 2012, ex-engineer Robert Wood says a prospective buyer of the mall 'fabricated' an alleged conversation they had about repairs to the building. 

Wood answered questions from his lawyer in a Sault Ste. Marie court this morning about a 2011 conversation he had with Ron McCowan, who was thinking about buying the Algo Centre Mall.

The conversation was evidence introduced during the Elliot Lake Public Inquiry in 2013.

According to McCowan, Wood said the shopping centre's roof would collapse if it wasn't fixed right away. The cost Wood allegedly cited was $1.5 million.

But today, on the stand, Wood testified he didn't know the cost to repair the roof, and had no concerns about the mall. Wood said that, as far as he understood, this was a fabrication from McCowan.

Wood is expected to continue testifying today about two inspections he did of the shopping centre before it collapsed nearly five years ago.

One of those fateful examinations took place just weeks before a portion of the mall's rooftop parking deck caved in killing Lucie Aylwin and Doloris Perizzolo.

  • Ex-engineer saw 'nothing out of the ordinary' during mall inspection