UPDATED: Nova Scotia murder trial begins today in Pictou

TC Media
Send to a friend

Send this article to a friend.

Amber Kirwan

Christopher Falconer, 31, accused of killing Amber Kirwin, 19, in fall of 2011

PICTOU — Jury selection has wrapped up at the deCoste Centre in Pictou for the first degree murder trial of Christopher Alexander Falconer.

Falconer has entered a not guilty plea.

Four hundred jurors were summoned to the centre that is being used as a makeshift courtroom because of the large number of people summoned.

Supreme Court Justice Nick Scaravelli said 13 jurors will be selected to sit on the month long trial that will take place in Pictou.

Crown Attorney Bill Gorman read out a names of his witness list that included the victim's parents, Donald and Marjorie Kirwan, was well as her boyfriend Mason Campbell.

"It is important for people to hear from Marjorie and Donald Kirwan because Amber Kirwan isn't here to speak for herself," Gorman said.

Forty-two witnesses have been subpoenaed to testify in the trial. 

Defence Attorney Mike Taylor said he considered requesting a change of venue for the trial, but knew it would not be successful.


Kirwan was reported missing on Oct. 9, 2011 after leaving a downtown New Glasgow pool hall to meet her boyfriend Mason Campbell in the parking lot of a nearby convenience store the night before.  

Video surveillance released by the police from outside the pool hall show Kirwan walking in the direction of Big Al’s Convenience Store, but he told the media the next day that she never showed up. 

An extensive missing persons case involving local police, search and rescue and many other volunteers was held throughout the county for weeks for Kirwan who was quickly dubbed by the public as “Pictou County’s Angel.”

Extensive searches took place in Pictou Landing and Heathbell Road while volunteer centres were opened in New Glasgow so thousands of posters and ribbons could be distributed in hopes of finding young woman.

Kirwan’s body was discovered in a wooded area off Heathbell Road in Pictou on Nov. 6, 2011.  Falconer was charged in May in relation to her death and a preliminary hearing was held in February 2013 during which time a trial date was set for today. 

The entire month of January has been set aside for the trial in Pictou Supreme Court. Bill Gorman and Patrick Young are the Crown attorney’s for the case while Mike Taylor of Halifax is Falconer’s lawyer. Justice Nick Scaravelli will preside over the trial that will include 12 jury members.

Organizations: Pictou Justice Centre, Convenience Store, RCMP

Geographic location: Pictou County, New Glasgow, Heathbell Road Nova Scotia Halifax Trenton

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Thanks for voting!

Top of page