Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 9, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
VOL. LXVI - No. 75 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS TWO SECTIONS-26 PAGES cleared of murder charge By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer David William Threinen walked out of the Court House Thursday afternoon a free man after Mr. Justice A. J. Cullen of Alberta Supreme Court found him not guilty of the non-capital murder of 16-year-old Angela Huemer. The acquittal came after three days of extensive evidence from 30 witnesses and the presentation of 50 exhibits. In his judgment, Mr. Justice Cullen said the Crown failed to prove the manner in which Miss Huemer met her death. He called the death "a sad occurrence which brought a cloud of sadness over the entire community." Most of the evidence presented was circumstantial, Mr. Justice Cullen said, and cited precedent which showed that when evidence is circumstantial, a motive for the killing must be shown. In this case, motive was not proved, the judge added. The pathologist could not determine how the Huemer girl had died, and there was no evidence, he said, to show any violence to the girl, or that she was sexually assaulted. And a thorough examination of physical evidence does not 6how that Miss Huemer had ever been in Threinen's car, Mr. Justice Cullen ruled. Referring 'to a statement made by Threinen to police on July 15, 1972, which was admitted as evidence Thursday, the court said the statement describes the body of the girl in the same terms as newspaper and radio reports did. Evidence presented Thursday indicates that before Threinen made a statement to police, he was shown a clipping of an article from the Lethbridge Herald which described Miss Huemer, who at the time of the article's publication was missing from h�r home. The article also describes the location where her bicycle was found. Evidence also showed that before Threinen gave the statement, he had suffered what Mr. Justice Cullen called "a very, very, severe emotional upset." Threinen had begun to shake violently, and was breathing heavily. One RCMP constable testified: " thought we had lost him completely." DEAD GIRL'S FATHER: 'I LOST MY DAUGHTER' "I lost my daughter, what about that,?" Joseph , Huemer asked at the conclusion Thursday of the non - capital murder trial of David William Threinen, charged with the death of Angela Huemer. And a friend of the family, who refused to be identified, said that if Threinen didn't Mil Angela Huemer, somebody did, and "we'll find him." Mr. Threinen refused comment on his acquittal. Crown prosecutor William Gorewich told The Herald it would be several days before a decision could be made on whether there could be an appeal. Ontario favors gas subsidies Broke down . . . David William Threinen smiles as he leaves city court house after having been acquitted of a non-capi- A free man tal murder charge. Police launch IRA roundup Gov't eases up on budgets plan LONDON (CP) - Armed special police were preparing today for a roundup of Irish Republican Army sympathisers here as the Provisional wing of the llegal IRA in Belfast claimed responsibility for London's worst outburst of terrorism since 1939. ...... Belfast sources also said that eight members of a special squad sent to London for Thursday's bomb attack had returned safely to Ireland. They blamed the British train drivers' strike for the fact seven men and three women had been picked up as they prepared to fly to Ireland hours before the two blasts brought widespread injury in tihe Old Bailey and Trafalgar Square areas Thursday afternoon. Maintenance crews worked through the night removing the last traces of blood, broken glass and debris from the blasts that claimed the life of one man who died of a heart attack after being injured and left at least 243 injured. Police were keeping watch today on many homes that may have been used by bomb-squad members who slipped into London in recent weeks to prepare for the attack. Police also were making a careful check of persons and luggage on Ireland-bound flights. SISTER HELD Two of those being held for questioning are Dolores Price, 22, and her younger sister,, from Andersontown, the Provisional IRA's main Belfast stronghold. Last summer, Dolores was expelled from Italy as she made a fund-raising tour on beihalf of Ulster Catholics and is said to have later been refused entry to the United Jtales on a similar mission. � 'flvs .10 ware interrogated by police in London throughout the night. Thursday's bcrabings were the worst incident of terrorism in London since 1939, when IRA attacks killed seven and wounded 50. Inside Classified...... ...... 22-25 .......20 District ........... . .'i ......18, 19 Local News .... .. .. 15, 16 ........21 �Spoils ........ ... . 12-14 ........ 11 Travel ........ ........ 26 TV .......... Weather ...... ........ 2 n,.,w/' LOW TONIGHT 25-30, 'Easy does it Davidl mQn SATURDAY CLOUDY PERIODS Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON - Under obvious pressure from the cities, Municipal Affairs M i n ister Dave Russell has opened the door for municipal governments to side-step a 7V& per cent limit proposed for municipal budgets this year. The 7',2 per cent guideline was introduced earlier this yo' in the government's new Property Tax Reduction Plan. Incentive grants were to be given to municipalities that did not increase spending more than 7'/2 per cent. However, an 11 per cent increase in the recently announc- IRELAND AWAITS RESULT BELFAST (Reuter) - After 24 hours of bombing and shooting across Northern Ireland, the British province awaits a result of the referendum which Irish Republican Army guerrillas apparently hoped to disrunt with Thursday's widespread violence.' Counting of the ballots, on which voters were asked whether they wanted to keep the province's link with Britain or join the Irish Republic, began early today and was expected to be completed by early evening. Monetary crisis tackled PARIS (CP) - The finance ministers of the major non-communist trading nations met today to seek an international solution to the latest currency crisis swirling around the dollar. Although Canada, Japan, Sweden and Switzerland were also attending, the main roles belong to the United States and the nine-members European Economic Community EEC. ed provincial government budget appears to have taken much of the punch out of the punch out of the province's determination to keep municipalities within 7& per cent. REMOVAL URGED Mr; Russell admitted Thursday in the legislature that at a meeting with the mayors of Alberta's 10 cities Wednesday, most of the mayors requested the Vk per cent limit be removed. Mr. Russell has already said in the legislature that any municipalities having trouble keeping within the limit would be considered on an individual basis by the municipal affairs department. Opposition Leader Jim Henderson headed off the question period by asking if the provincial government is ready to abandon the 7Vfe per cent limit. Mr. Russell replied no, but said he has asked municipal leaders to submit in writing within a week suggestions "as to ways and means by which their particular difficult i e s ni>ions claiming he had to drink coffee out of one corner of his mouth or it would drool out the other corner . . . Lawrence Smith befriending a stray kitten which slept all afternoon in the office of the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission.