Kachkar Didn't Remember Morning Sgt. Russell Died
During the first 10 days of a trial that will come down to the “state of mind” of Richard Kachkar, witnesses took the jury through their interactions with the man who killed Toronto Police Sgt. Ryan Russell in January 2011.
On the 11th day court, heard from Kachkar himself.
The crown entered a statement into evidence that Kachkar gave to police January 25th 2011, about two weeks after Russell’s death and it marked the first time that the jury heard the voice of the man on trial for first degree murder and dangerous driving.
Wearing an orange prison jumpsuit with a sling, Kachkar rambles through personal details of his life like his adoption, growing up in Edmonton, and how he felt rejected by his wife and two children in St. Catharines.
He told Det. Dan Nielson and Det. Mary Vruna that he didn’t remember much from the morning Sgt. Russell was killed.
“I really don't know what happened. It's weird ... I don't know what happened,” said Kachkar. “It’s like a dream or something.”
“Right now I can't recall…One minute I'm there in the shelter next minute I'm in the hospital. That's what I'm seeing,” he told investigators.
“Something’s wrong with me. Of course, who would do that? A normal person wouldn't do that.”
Asked by Det. Nielsen what Kachkar thought was wrong: “I don't know, maybe I have some kind of disease in my head or something? Mental illness.”
When asked about anything he had to say to the family of Sgt. Russell, Kachkar expressed remorse.
“I'm just so sad that I did something like that tragic. Now they don't have a daddy…it's just - it's just horrible thing,” Kachkar told Det. Mary Vruna.
“I don't even know why or how? I'm sorry. Sorry is not even a word.”
He also told police he considered jumping of a bridge on Gerrard St. the day before he ran down Sgt. Russell and that he’d showed up in hospital but was never seen by a doctor.