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Tim Bosma tenant describes night of test drive as 'odd'

Last Updated Feb 2, 2016 at 3:25 pm EST

Tim Bosma disappeared on the night of May 6, 2013. His body was found more than a week later burned beyond recognition. THE CANADIAN PRESS.

HAMILTON – The trial of two men accused of killing a Hamilton man who took them for a test drive in a truck he was trying to sell has heard from the tenant of the dead man, who described the night of the test drive as “odd” and “weird.”

Wayne De Boer, who began his testimony on Monday, described the two men who walked down the Bosma driveway on May 6, 2013 as complete opposites.

The 32-year-old Bosma left his home that night on a test drive and was never seen alive again. His body was found more than a week later “burned beyond recognition.”

The Crown alleges Bosma was shot inside his truck and his body was burned in an incinerator.

Dellen Millard, of Toronto, and Mark Smich, from Oakville, Ont., have both pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Bosma’s death.

De Boer says the “tall guy” was in charge of much of the conversation with Bosma as they spoke about the truck while he says the “other guy” stood back, didn’t speak and had his hoodie wrapped around his head.

He said it was a “weird” and “odd” interaction, but didn’t think much of it at the time.

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After finishing a cigarette he was having with Bosma’s wife in their garage, De Boer said he went back to his apartment in the basement of the Bosma home in rural Hamilton and watched the Maple Leafs playoff hockey game.

Around 10:15 p.m., about an hour after Bosma left with the two men, De Boer said he got a text from Sharlene Bosma.

“She texted and said Tim wasn’t back and she was getting worried,” De Boer told court.

He said he and Sharlene heard that the men were dropped off by a friend, who went to a nearby Tim Hortons while they went on the test drive.

De Boer said he got in his car and went to the coffee shop. There was no sign of Bosma or his truck, a black, Dodge Ram 3500.

“I started driving home, called Sharlene and she asked if I could check a few more parking lots, and again seeing nothing, I returned back home,” he said.

De Boer then called his mother, who works for the Sarnia, Ont., police force, who told him to call police right away.

Sharlene then left to search for her husband at a nearby pub, he said, while he kept watch over the Bosmas’ two-year-old daughter. He said he urged Sharlene to call police en route to the bar.

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Sharlene Bosma testified Monday that’s when she called police, who eventually met her at the bar. There was no sign of her husband there and she testified that her calls to his phone were going straight to voicemail and her texts went unreturned.

Neither witness could identify the men who walked down the Bosmas’ driveway.

Another friend of Bosma’s, Jesse Kancer, testified he was at their house that night and helped clean the truck.

Kancer said he was there when Bosma received a phone call from the man who was coming to test drive the truck. He said Bosma told him two men were coming down from the Toronto area that night. But he left before the two men arrived.

In his opening statement on Monday, Crown attorney Craig Fraser said police found gunshot residue as well as Bosma’s blood both inside and outside of his truck, and some of Bosma’s bones were located inside an incinerator.

Fraser said the incinerator was outside an airport hangar owned by Millard.