A man who is facing three charges of second-degree murder in connection with a triple slaying in Ajax told police he was under "cocaine psychosis" at the time of the incident, court heard this week.
Cory Fenn, 33, has pleaded not guilty to charges linked to the deaths of Krassimira Pejcinovski, 39, as well as her 15-year-old son Roy and 13-year-old daughter Venallia.
Durham Regional Police (DRPS) found all three victims in Pejcinovski's home on March 14, 2018, after being alerted by a co-worker of the mother. Pejcinovski was found stabbed in the garage, while her son was strangled in a bedroom and her daughter was found in the basement with stab wounds, police say. She was rushed to hospital where she later died.
A day after the incident, DRPS Det. Mark Pillman interviewed Fenn on video, which was played in court on Tuesday and Wednesday as part of a voir dire hearing where Superior Court Judge Howard Leibovich will consider its admissibility for the trial.
In the video, Fenn said the cocaine he had been both selling and using had started to take over his life.
Fenn said he and Pejcinovski would regularly get high in the basement and start to see things and hear voices.
"That was not me," Fenn said in the video. "I would never in my right mind, I would never even think to do that sober."
The accused lived in the basement of Pejcinovski's home and disappeared before the bodies were discovered by police. Pejcinovski's oldest daughter Victoria was not at home at the time and was later found safe.
Fenn was located by police later that day in a shed behind a home in Oshawa. During an altercation with the arresting officer, he received cuts and bruises to his face. He was then taken to a police station where his clothes were seized for evidence before police transported him to hospital.
The trial had been delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but resumed this month in Oshawa.
Fenn is acting as his own defence in the judge-alone trial, though his former lawyer Mary Cremer has also been made available to conduct cross-examination on his behalf.
He wore a grey sweater and black cargo pants in court Wednesday, with his hair in a bun on top of his head and his beard tied in a white hair tie. He requested a copy of the Criminal Code and a dictionary, which he left open in his lap while seated in the prisoner's box.
Fenn was unemployed since November of 2017, when his usage of cocaine heightened, the court heard.
You turn into a completely different person. You're not living in reality. - Cory Fenn during police interview
In the taped interview with Pillman, Fenn is led into a room. He sits in a chair, tucking both his arms in his shirt.
He describes what using cocaine can do to his mind.
"You turn into a completely different person. You're not living in reality," he says to Pillman.
Pillman asks Fenn if he remembers killing the victims, to which he replies "I remember pieces, flashbacks."
When asked what led him to strangle Pejcinovski in the garage, Fenn says, "I don't know what started it. F***ing cocaine started it."
At one point in the interview, Pillman leaves the room and Fenn appears to crawl into a fetal position, putting his head in his shirt for a few seconds.
The trial resumes on Friday.