Pembroke Observer Court Report
Bryan Goddard was on a drug-fuelled rampage when he entered a Petawawa Point residence and stabbed Danny Pietersma to death, a Pembroke superior court heard Tuesday.
Armed with a knife and handgun, the troubled Pembroke man was high on cocaine, speed and marijuana when he sought to take out what he called his “rage and sexual depravity on other people” in a deadly home invasion on the morning of June 28, 2013.
Pietersma, a loving 56-year-old father and grandfather, died as a result of massive blood loss from multiple stab wounds, while his 55-year-old wife, Sharlene, was so severely injured that she is now blind.
In the moments before the incursion, Goddard had brutally attacked a 17-year-old girl in a nearby household after stalking a 16-year-old female who was his intended victim, the Crown told a hushed court room after the 28-year-old pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of aggravated assault.
Dressed in a dark grey suit, the clean shaven Goddard appeared dejected as he sat in the prisoner's dock listening to Justice Timothy Ray inform him that he was giving up his right to a trial and that the court was not bound by any agreement that may have been drawn up between his lawyers, Dominic Lamb and Michael Johnston, and the Crown, represented by Dallas Mack and Anya Kortenaar.
Recounting the events leading up to the tragedy, Mack told the court how earlier that morning Goddard had stolen $1, 000 from his uncle using an ATM card and purchased eight speed pills, a quarter ounce of cocaine and some marijuana before consuming them at a friend's house. At 3:45 a.m., he took a taxi from his Mackay Street home in Pembroke instructing the driver to take him to Petawawa. He was carrying a backpack that contained a nine-millimetre pistol, two magazines holding eight bullets each, a 12-inch metal pipe and an eight-inch hunting-style knife. Police later found rope, surgical gloves, lubricant and condoms in the backpack.
According to the agreed statement of facts read into the record by the Crown, Goddard also had with him a three-page note that he titled “My Final Thoughts and Regrets, ” in which he described his frustration with women and how he had fantasized about 12 to 18-year-old girls and, in particular, raping an adolescent female relative. He blamed his problems on a physical deformity (an enlarged breast and surgically removed testicle) that brought about teasing and exclusion as a teenager.
“I am truly sorry for all that I have done, but I felt my final actions were necessary for me to leave this world happy, ” Goddard had wrote before adding “I am just so sick of this lame (expletive) existence. I never wanted it to come to this but as of late I made a decision that I can no longer feel like this anymore. I must take what I was deprived of as a teenager.”