Handguns shipped to U.S. in Internet harassment case were concealed in computer equipment: ATF agent
Four handguns the Crown alleges were shipped to California by Patrick Fox, who is charged with conducting a campaign of harassment against his ex-wife, were concealed inside some computer equipment, says an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
Frank Spizuoco told a jury Monday that he received a call from the RCMP in May 2016 advising him of a concern that some firearms had been shipped from Canada to an address in Carson, Calif.
He said he seized about 25 boxes that had been delivered to the home in Los Angeles County and later discovered four restricted handguns concealed within a central processing unit of a computer inside one of the boxes. The agent told the jury that he also found about 25 rounds of ammunition in another box and a total of seven magazines for the pistols. Also seized from the boxes were Canadian firearms licensing documents in the name of Fox, he said.
Under cross-examination by Fox, who is self-represented, Spizuoco said that the boxes also contained computer equipment, clothing and personal items.
Fox, 43, of Burnaby has pleaded not guilty to one count of criminal harassment of Desiree Capuano, 36, of Arizona, and not guilty to one count of possession of firearms in a location where he is not authorized to do so.
Manvir Mangat, owner of The Packaging Depot, earlier told the jury that he had shipped a number of boxes to California for Fox, who had done some computer work for him.
On Monday, the jury also heard from a Mountie who testified that after Fox was arrested in July 2015 he was warned that Capuano was fearful for her safety. Const. Jean-Philippe Dupont read from a transcript of an interview Fox gave at the Burnaby RCMP detachment following his arrest. He quoted from a statement by Const. Richard Huggins in which the officer told Fox that Capuano was afraid that if Fox was able to cross the border from Canada into the U.S. without being noticed, that he would find her and shoot her.
Fox was also told that Capuano didn't want any further contact with him regarding emails or a website that Fox had created and which the Crown alleges was used to harass her, according to a statement from Huggins in the transcript.
Under cross-examination, Dupont said that charges initially laid against Fox were later stayed by the Crown.
The Crown's theory is that Fox harassed Capuano over the Internet while the pair were engaged in a lengthy and bitter custody dispute over their son.
After Dupont gave his testimony, prosecutor Mark Myhre said he was finished with the Crown's case. Fox said he would be calling no evidence.
Final arguments by the Crown and Fox are expected to be delivered on Wednesday. On Thursday, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Heather Holmes is expected to give her final instructions to the seven-man, five-women jury, which will then begin deliberations.