Accessory In MacKinnon Murder Testifies
The man convicted of helping dispose of a carpet containing the body of Brett Elizabeth MacKinnon testified at the murder trial of Thomas Ted Barrett, yesterday.
Barrett is charged with second degree murder in the death of the 21-year-old Glace Bay woman.
In 2014, John Wayne Hynes was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to being an accessory after the fact in the case.
In Sydney court yesterday, Hynes testified that he helped Barrett move a rolled up carpet from Barrett’s house, days after he saw MacKinnon and Barrett together there.
Hynes says they put the carpet that he thought had a body in it in the trunk of a car, drove to the Cameron Bowl Ball Field in Glace Bay and dumped the carpet in nearby woods.
On the way home, Hynes testified that Barrett told him, “There’s nothing that can tie me to this now after he threw what looked like an I-D out the car window.
Defence lawyer Brian Bailey challenged the credibility of Hynes’ testimony, highlighting his long criminal record.
When Bailey said that Hynes was not saying he’d moved a body, but just a carpet, Hynes responded by saying it would be a miscarriage of justice if he got three years in jail for moving a carpet.