Mississauga man covered up roommate’s death because he didn’t trust police, court hears

Mississauga man who testified covering up December 2017 murder of his housemate – by covering up and then burying her body – told a Brampton court on Monday that he lied to police about his involvement because he did not trust law enforcement.

During the final day of cross-examination by Crown Prosecutor Brian McGuire, Shaofeng Han, who is accused of killing Yunying Pan, said he continued to distance himself from her death when questioned by police, even when investigators presented evidence that his blood was found in the trunk of his car and that police who began following him after his disappearance observed him kicking off his shoes.

McGuire told Han that “the police had evidence that implicated you in his disappearance, okay?”

To which Han agreed.

“So why not drop the act then?” McGuire asked.

Han said he lied “because at the time I didn’t have my own lawyer. I don’t trust the police. Han added that he felt telling the truth would result in him being “wrongly convicted and wrongly executed.”

Han agreed with McGuire that the police were telling the truth when they suggested he was spotted throwing his shoes away and his blood was in the trunk of his car, where he hid the body, after the found dead on the night of December 5. , 2017.

Han, 55, later distanced herself from the Crown theory that the divorced father of a 25-year-old son killed Pan because she rejected his romantic advances and was loud. Han testified that he complained to the landlord about Han making noise, but said things had gotten better. Han also admitted to jokingly suggesting to Pan that he wanted to be her boyfriend.

“You just speculated that I had a romantic relationship with Ms. Pan,” Han said. “These speculations are totally false.”

Han, who spoke in his own defence, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, saying he hatched an elaborate cover-up to escape blame for Pan’s murder – a murder he says he didn’t not committed.

The jury heard in Han’s own words how Pan, 40, who had moved into the Strathaven Drive townhouse in Mississauga as a tenant on Nov. 25, was stuffed into a large duffel bag, placed in the trunk of her car – where she was kept for hours – before her body was hidden in two places and then buried.

Speaking through a Mandarin interpreter, Han testified that he found Pan covered in blood and unconscious on the night of December 5, 2017, on the steps inside the townhouse, but that he covered it up because he feared the Canadian justice system would, in his words. , execute him even though he was not responsible for his death.

“In my mind, I always use the Chinese mentality to think, anything that has to do with the law,” Han said Monday, adding that he fears Canadian law is similar to China, where he says , innocent people are sometimes wrongly accused. by the corrupt police and sentenced to death.

“I never killed her,” Han said.

When opening his testimony last week, Han said he was watching a movie in his upstairs bedroom when he decided to go downstairs shortly after 7.30pm.

When he got to the bottom of the stairs, “I was so shocked by the thing I saw,” Han testified, adding that Pan was face down on the stairs.

“There was a lot of blood on her,” the stairs and the wall, he said. He called her but there was no response, “then I pushed her and no response at all.”

Han testified that he found the rear sliding glass doors splayed open, suggesting “someone escaped from there.”

At around 9:30 p.m. that night, Han said he backed his car into the townhouse garage so he could place the body, now inside the duffel bag, in the trunk of his Toyota Corolla. . The next morning, he chased the body from the townhouse complex.

The following afternoon, Han, a driving instructor who moved to Canada from China in 2006, said he drove Pan’s Lexus SUV into a parking lot near the Square One mall, where he abandoned it and where it was later discovered.

Han was not charged until January 26, 2018, weeks after Pan’s disappearance prompted police to monitor Han’s daily routine, the jury heard.

In her opening address to the jury, co-defense lawyer Leah Shafran said the suitcase remained in Han’s trunk until the early hours of December 7, before he left it somewhere in Scarborough. .

“In the days that followed, Mr. Han moved the suitcase twice more,” Shafran said. He then buried the suitcase behind Dewey College in Mississauga.

On March 29, 2019, Peel Police announced that human remains were found in a wooded area near Matheson Boulevard and Kennedy Road in Mississauga. The remains were later determined to belong to Pan.

Jason Miller is a Toronto Star reporter who covers crime and justice in Peel Region. Contact him by email: [email protected] or follow him on Twitter: @millermotionpic

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