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VERMA TRIAL: Irving was secretive about her relationship with accused

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September 16, 2013 - 5:18 PM

KELOWNA – Brittney Irving wasn't usually secretive about her boyfriends, but she was with Joelon Verma, her brother told a Kelowna Supreme Court jury today.

Continuing his testimony today, Joze Macculloch explained his sister was reluctant to share information about Verma, the man she said she was selling $100,000 of marijuana to.

“She didn't want me to know too much about Joey,” Macculloch said during cross examination by defence lawyer Alexander Watt.

“I wasn't allowed to meet him,” he said but agreed he would have liked to.

Joelon Verma is charged with first degree murder in the 2010 shooting of Brittney Lee Irving, who was found dead from four gunshot wounds in the wooded outskirts of East Kelowna April 26, 2010.

Just two weeks earlier Irving was gathering 50 pounds of marijuana for a drug deal that "sounded chaotic" to Macculloch.

He recalls his sister coming and going from their Days Inn room up to six times before her disappearance. While she was selling to Verma, Macculloch said there were many others involved in the deal.

Watt asked Macculloch if anything about the deal changed that day. Macculloch couldn't say, wishing his memory of April 6 were better.

“When your sister walks out the door, you don't think it's the last time,” he said.

Macculloch also said Irving mentioned someone had threatened her prior to making the deal, but Justice Alison Beames told the jury that could only be considered as hearsay evidence.

The trial continues Monday.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Julie Whittet at or call (250)718-0428.

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