Translator issue prevents family of German tourist shot near Morley from testifying
Published Wednesday, July 17, 2019 8:47AM MDT
Last Updated Wednesday, July 17, 2019 6:49PM MDT
The family of a German tourist who was shot in the head near Morley in 2018 was scheduled to testify be videoconference at the trial for the accused on Wednesday morning, but will no longer be able to because of an issue with the translator.
Horst Stewin was visiting from Germany when he was shot on the left side of his head while driving with his family on Highway 1A on August 2.
A teen from the Stoney Nakoda First Nation, was arrested on August 24 and is facing five charges including recklessly discharging a firearm with intent to wound, aggravated assault and assault.
According to an agreed statement of facts, Stewin had eight bullet fragments removed from his brain.
Stewin's family was expected to testify in court on Wednesday but the translator said she was 'unable' to perform her duties and looked visually distraught.
Instead interviews with Ulrike Stewin, Daniel Stewin and Nina Junemann, the victim’s wife, son and son’s girlfriend, that were conducted shortly after the shooting were played in court.
Ulrike Stewin said they had left a Banff campground and were headed to Calgary along Highway 1A.
"He wanted to take a couple more pictures, he was looking for a nice farm," said Ulrike Stewin through a translator about her husband’s intentions.
She described a black car pulling up beside their SUV and then said they heard 'a pop.'
"Her husband just fell forward onto the steering wheel," said the translator.
Ulrike Stewin was sitting in the backseat behind the driver and described the shooter as being 'white', between the ages of 25 and 35 and as having 'blondish, light brownish' hair.
In his interview, Daniel Stewin described the moments after the group’s SUV went off the road and came to a stop.
"My dad already got himself out. He was lying on the ground and trying to talk but I couldn’t understand him," he said. "I couldn’t find any blood on his body. I saw that he was bleeding from his head. I couldn’t even see the hole from the bullet."
The court heard earlier in the week that Stewin is paralyzed on his right side and he gets confused and has memory issues. He also undergoes therapy several times a week.
This is a developing story and more details will be provided as they become available.