October 22nd, 2021

Calgary police officer describes finding bodies of mother and daughter in 2019

By The Canadian Press on October 13, 2021.

Mourners attend a candlelight vigil for Jasmine Lovett and Aliyah Sanderson in Calgary, Sunday, May 12, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY – A Calgary police officer says he smelled a strong odour of gasoline or solvent before he and a colleague found the bodies of a mother and daughter in a shallow grave southwest of the city two years ago.

Const. Malcolm May was testifying at the second-degree murder trial of Robert Leeming in the death of 22-month-old Aliyah Sanderson.

Leeming pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder in the death of Jasmine Lovett, the girl’s mother, but not guilty in the girl’s death.

Lovett and her daughter went missing in April 2019 and weeks later Leeming told undercover officers the location of their bodies.

May testified the bodies were wrapped in blankets and had blue plastic bags wrapped around their heads.

He says there were bruises and blood on Lovett’s face.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 13, 2021.

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