Dallas Ly trial: “I saw red and I lost control,” says the accused

In Toronto, Dallas Ly admitted on the witness stand at his trial Wednesday afternoon that he killed his mother. The 23-year-old young man is accused of the unpremeditated murder of Tien Ly in March 2022 in the east of the metropolis.

Dallas Ly pleaded not guilty to a charge of unpremeditated murder, although he had previously admitted to police that he murdered her.

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In this trial, the Crown needs to establish the motive for the murder of the 46-year-old victim failing to prove the guilt of the accused.

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He is a shy, soft-spoken young man dressed in a gray suit who agreed to testify at his trial.

Dallas Ly claims he told his mother on the night of March 27, 2022, that he was leaving her, but she blocked his way into the apartment they shared.

By repeating Tien Ly’s words, he then changes his tone by yelling in his mother tongue before translating them.

000$ in rent”,”text”:”She was screaming that she was going to kill me, that I had nowhere to go and that I owed her $25,000 in rent”}}”>She was screaming that she was going to kill me, that I had nowhere to go and that I owed her $25,000 in renthe said.

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Tien Ly enters the elevator of her building to go up to the 9th floor. He only has a few minutes left to live.

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His lawyer, Jessyca Greenwood, took care to make him say that he did not owe his mother any money.

Dallas Ly says his mother was angry, but he continued to tell her he no longer wanted to live with her.

Come here so I can kill you, she screamed.he declared, emphasizing that Tien Ly did not lose his temper.

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Jessyca Greenwood, Dallas Ly’s lawyer (above right), claims he was bullied as a child and acted on impulse because he suffers from post-traumatic stress .

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Dallas Ly claims he wasn’t responding to her, but still wanted to leave the apartment.

I had already packed my camping gear, clothes and my backpackhe goes on to say that his mother then called him ungrateful, referring to his sister.

I brought your aunt from Vietnam, you’re both in this, but I hope you end up on Yonge Street starving; if you die, I will never visit your grave.

A quote from Dallas Ly repeating words he attributes to his mother

He adds that his mother started hitting him with her fist, that he tried to protect himself, but that she was screaming at the top of her lungs. I’m going to kill you and your auntshe would have said vehemently.

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Dallas Ly will never shed tears during his testimony while remembering the murder.

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Dallas Ly points out that he then saw redthat he lost control and that he grabbed a hunting knife and waved it in front of her before fatally stabbing her in the neck.

She immediately fell to the ground, I dropped the dagger and went to wash my bloodstained handshe said.

He points out that he then went to listen to music in his room.

I called her at work because it was getting late and she still hadn’t come home, but no answer.he declares.

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Defense lawyer Greenwood told her client that he never complained and never challenged his mother.

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The young man adds that he then realized two hours later what he had just done, that he panicked and returned to the entrance to decapitate her.

I wanted to cut her into pieces, but it was too disgusting, so I decided to hide her body in trash bags and throw them in a parkhe emphasizes.

He points out that he cleaned the apartment before leaving. He further confirms that it is indeed him who can be seen on the surveillance camera videos of his building and the neighborhood.

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Dallas Ly leaves his mother’s apartment where he lives with a grocery cart full of trash bags.

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Dallas Ly added that he left the bags in a vacant lot on Eastern Avenue south of his apartment.

I felt so guilty that I left the cart there before going homehe emphasizes.

A stampede escape

Dallas Ly says his first thought was to return to Vietnam. He says he took his passport, some clothes, and went to Pearson Airport, but there were no flights that night.

He adds that he then headed to Niagara Falls in the United States, because he thought about flying to New York. Without success.

>>Screenshot of Dallas Ly from surveillance video of the corridor leading from the elevator to the lobby of his building.>>

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Dallas Ly walks backwards down the corridor that leads from the elevator to the lobby of the victim’s building. It was after 11 p.m. on Sunday March 27, 2022.

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Dallas Ly concludes that he then returned to the country to sleep in a motel in Hamilton the first night, then at the Salvation Army the following nights.

He confirms that he did send text messages to his friends and even called them because he didn’t know what to do.

He says their messages of support gave him the strength to go to authorities and take full responsibility for his actions.

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Dallas Ly returns empty-handed to his apartment after having left it for more than an hour. It is now past midnight on March 28, 2022.

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They told me I was still a good personhe remembers, specifying that he had never felt such affection in his life.

A painkiller

Dallas Ly told Mr. Greenwood that his mother began beating him at the age of 6, when he failed a spelling test at school. I always had difficulty in classhe specifies.

He claims he grew up first in a house on Pape Avenue, mainly with his mother. years”,”text”:”My father left us when I was 11″}}”>My father left us when I was 11he said.

He adds that his mother told him a month later that his father had died in Vietnam. I believed her, it was terrible, I became depressedhe continues.

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Prosecutor Jay Spare looks at photos of shirtless Dallas Ly that the defendant’s lawyer projects on screens. We can see the scars from injuries he suffered on his back.

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Dallas Ly explains, however, that the police revealed to him upon his arrest that she had contacted his father and that he realized that his mother had lied to him.

He also has only good words for his grandparents and his aunt Huyen, whom he described as people wonderful, touching and generous.

He admits that his relationship with his mother had always been difficult, especially when he was at school, and that he had only two happy events in his life: a family trip to Niagara Falls, then to Vietnam .

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The victim’s sister, Huyen Ly, responds to her nephew Dallas Ly’s (left foreground) attorney, Jessyca Greenwood. She is assisted by an English-Vietnamese translator.

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Dallas Ly says she disciplined him for behavior she disapproved of or his poor academic performance, starting at a young age with slaps on the hands and slaps in the face.

Growing up, she would beat me with a bamboo backscratcher with a hook, saying I was stupid and missing opportunities.

A quote from Dallas Ly, accused

The young man remembers that the severity of the punishment varied according to the severity of his mother’s mood.

He confirms that he admitted to a friend that his mother was beating him when she caught him crying one day at school. I thought it was okay to be punished like thishe concludes.

He admits that he never notified his school administration, because his mother told him that it would only bring shame on the family.

His testimony continues Thursday.

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