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Mother accused of killing daughter walked away from scene: witness

Star Phoenix Star Phoenix 18/10/2016 Charles Hamilton, Saskatoon StarPhoenix
101716-Lindey_Sugar.jpg-230866750-Lindey_Sugar-W.jpg Mother accused of killing daughter walked away from scene: witness

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Diane Cyca and her husband Norbert were headed out for an evening walk with their dogs when they came upon Lindey Sugar dying in a ditch. 

“She honestly was so covered in blood,” Diane Cyca testified Monday at the murder trial of Lindey’s mother, Frances Sugar. 

“The first thing that I heard was a gurgling sound, her trying to breathe,” Norbert Cyca testified. “That’s what I kept hearing.”

On the first day of testimony at Sugar’s murder trial, court heard details about the gruesome scene the Cycas witnessed on June 26, 2014. 

The couple was leaving their driveway on a rural acreage south of Saskatoon, dogs in tow, when they heard yelling. While Norbert went to put the dogs back in the house, Diane continued down the driveway. When she got to the road, she saw a woman walking away from the scene, she told court.

The woman — alleged by the Crown to be Frances Sugar — said, “Call the f****** cops,” and continued to march down the road, she said. 

Moments later, she found Lindey on the ground in the ditch, bleeding from her neck, she said. A friend, who was later identified as a man named Dennis, was trying to help give her CPR and was already on his cellphone, calling police, Cyca said. 

“He took his shirt off she he could put it on the wound on her neck.” 

Sugar, 52, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of her daughter, who was 34. 

In her opening statements on Monday, Crown prosecutor Melodi Kujawa said the younger Sugar suffered four stab wounds, including one to her back and one to her neck.  

“While Lindey lay bleeding, her mother was observed walking away from the scene,” Kujawa told the jury. 

She said a vodka bottle and knife found in the ditch near Lindey both had blood on them. 

Emotions ran high in the courtroom as family members listened to the details of Lindey’s fatal injuries. One of her sisters covered her ears at times and eventually left the courtroom in tears. 

According to family members, Lindey was in and out of foster care for most of her life and had a strained relationship with her mother. In her youth, she ran away from home on several occasions, they said.

She left behind a large family, including a child and a wife. 

The trial continues this week. 

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