BOSMA TRIAL: Two more lives changed by Dellen Millard

News Mar 24, 2016 by Susan Clairmont The Hamilton Spectator

One guy just wanted to move out of his parents' home and have some freedom.

Another wanted to eke out a good life as a new Canadian and was willing to work hard for it.

Both thought Dellen Millard was their golden ticket. He was a young guy with big dreams who liked to flash his money around. But instead, they became the aviation heir's collateral damage when his house of cards crashed down, taking everyone around him with it.

On Wednesday, Millard's roommate for a brief time and his longtime handyman became witnesses at his first-degree murder trial. The men became involved in the Tim Bosma murder case because they were unlucky enough to cross paths with Millard in the critical days surrounding Tim's killing.

On May 6, 2013, Tim, 32, left his Ancaster home to take two men for a test drive of the truck he was selling. He never returned home to his wife and baby girl.

Millard, 30, and Mark Smich, 28, are on trial for his murder. The Crown intends to prove they shot Tim in his truck then cremated his body.

Three weeks before that, Robert Bochenek became the latest in Millard's long string of roommates.

A soft-spoken 25-year-old who answered questions directly and politely from the witness stand, the plumbing apprentice explained he decided to spread his wings and move out on his own.

He'd known Millard for four years, though not well, and had gone to a few parties at his Etobicoke home. His childhood pal and co-worker Andrew Michalski was already renting a room from "Dell." So when the basement room opened up — a room once occupied by Smich and his girlfriend Marlena Meneses — it seemed a perfect opportunity for Bochenek. He moved in mid-April for $400 a month in rent. A good deal for a nice house with a pool.

Bochenek testified he barely saw Millard during the four weeks he lived there. Bochenek filled his time with work and sports — sometimes playing soccer, tennis, golf and hockey all in one day. Also, during that single month he went to Jamaica for a week, returning May 4.

And he maintained his close relationship with his family, going to his parents' place for dinner and to watch the Leafs.

When he did see Millard, it was fleeting. He met Smich once, on May 5, for a moment at the house.

On May 6, Bochenek drove Michalski to the Millardair hangar near Kitchener to pick up his car. They left there by 8 p.m. The Crown's theory is that about six hours later, Millard and Smich brought Tim's body to the hangar and burned it.

A few days later Bochenek saw Millard and his girlfriend Christina Noudga in a red Dodge pickup in the Etobicoke home's driveway.

"I thought maybe they were making out or something," he testified. So he discreetly went in one door and a moment later the pair went in another.

That was the last time Bochenek saw Millard before his arrest on May 10.

Bochenek's landlord was an accused killer.

Then there's Javier Villada.

Testifying with the help of a Spanish interpreter, Villada told court he is from Colombia but is now a Canadian citizen. He came here to find a better life for himself, his wife and children, his brothers and in-laws.

In the summer of 2008, Villada — a builder and general handyman — began working for Wayne Millard, Dellen's father. Soon he reported directly to the younger Millard, working at his various properties around the GTA, including a house in Burlington.

Villada often worked seven days a week for his boss. Paycheques from Millard were sporadic, but Millard also lent Villada about $9,000 to go home to Colombia for a visit.

A red Dodge pickup truck was leased to Villada by Millard, but on May 4, 2013, Millard asked him to switch cars. Millard took the pickup — the only vehicle he owned that could haul the big fifth-wheel trailer he had. Villada said Millard told him he would need it for a week.

Tim's pickup truck would eventually be found inside that trailer, parked at the home of Millard's mother.

Villada's boss was an accused killer.

Susan Clairmont’s commentary appears regularly in The Spectator. sclairmont@thespec.com

905-526-3539 | @susanclairmont

BOSMA TRIAL: Two more lives changed by Dellen Millard

News Mar 24, 2016 by Susan Clairmont The Hamilton Spectator

One guy just wanted to move out of his parents' home and have some freedom.

Another wanted to eke out a good life as a new Canadian and was willing to work hard for it.

Both thought Dellen Millard was their golden ticket. He was a young guy with big dreams who liked to flash his money around. But instead, they became the aviation heir's collateral damage when his house of cards crashed down, taking everyone around him with it.

On Wednesday, Millard's roommate for a brief time and his longtime handyman became witnesses at his first-degree murder trial. The men became involved in the Tim Bosma murder case because they were unlucky enough to cross paths with Millard in the critical days surrounding Tim's killing.

On May 6, 2013, Tim, 32, left his Ancaster home to take two men for a test drive of the truck he was selling. He never returned home to his wife and baby girl.

Millard, 30, and Mark Smich, 28, are on trial for his murder. The Crown intends to prove they shot Tim in his truck then cremated his body.

Three weeks before that, Robert Bochenek became the latest in Millard's long string of roommates.

A soft-spoken 25-year-old who answered questions directly and politely from the witness stand, the plumbing apprentice explained he decided to spread his wings and move out on his own.

He'd known Millard for four years, though not well, and had gone to a few parties at his Etobicoke home. His childhood pal and co-worker Andrew Michalski was already renting a room from "Dell." So when the basement room opened up — a room once occupied by Smich and his girlfriend Marlena Meneses — it seemed a perfect opportunity for Bochenek. He moved in mid-April for $400 a month in rent. A good deal for a nice house with a pool.

Bochenek testified he barely saw Millard during the four weeks he lived there. Bochenek filled his time with work and sports — sometimes playing soccer, tennis, golf and hockey all in one day. Also, during that single month he went to Jamaica for a week, returning May 4.

And he maintained his close relationship with his family, going to his parents' place for dinner and to watch the Leafs.

When he did see Millard, it was fleeting. He met Smich once, on May 5, for a moment at the house.

On May 6, Bochenek drove Michalski to the Millardair hangar near Kitchener to pick up his car. They left there by 8 p.m. The Crown's theory is that about six hours later, Millard and Smich brought Tim's body to the hangar and burned it.

A few days later Bochenek saw Millard and his girlfriend Christina Noudga in a red Dodge pickup in the Etobicoke home's driveway.

"I thought maybe they were making out or something," he testified. So he discreetly went in one door and a moment later the pair went in another.

That was the last time Bochenek saw Millard before his arrest on May 10.

Bochenek's landlord was an accused killer.

Then there's Javier Villada.

Testifying with the help of a Spanish interpreter, Villada told court he is from Colombia but is now a Canadian citizen. He came here to find a better life for himself, his wife and children, his brothers and in-laws.

In the summer of 2008, Villada — a builder and general handyman — began working for Wayne Millard, Dellen's father. Soon he reported directly to the younger Millard, working at his various properties around the GTA, including a house in Burlington.

Villada often worked seven days a week for his boss. Paycheques from Millard were sporadic, but Millard also lent Villada about $9,000 to go home to Colombia for a visit.

A red Dodge pickup truck was leased to Villada by Millard, but on May 4, 2013, Millard asked him to switch cars. Millard took the pickup — the only vehicle he owned that could haul the big fifth-wheel trailer he had. Villada said Millard told him he would need it for a week.

Tim's pickup truck would eventually be found inside that trailer, parked at the home of Millard's mother.

Villada's boss was an accused killer.

Susan Clairmont’s commentary appears regularly in The Spectator. sclairmont@thespec.com

905-526-3539 | @susanclairmont

BOSMA TRIAL: Two more lives changed by Dellen Millard

News Mar 24, 2016 by Susan Clairmont The Hamilton Spectator

One guy just wanted to move out of his parents' home and have some freedom.

Another wanted to eke out a good life as a new Canadian and was willing to work hard for it.

Both thought Dellen Millard was their golden ticket. He was a young guy with big dreams who liked to flash his money around. But instead, they became the aviation heir's collateral damage when his house of cards crashed down, taking everyone around him with it.

On Wednesday, Millard's roommate for a brief time and his longtime handyman became witnesses at his first-degree murder trial. The men became involved in the Tim Bosma murder case because they were unlucky enough to cross paths with Millard in the critical days surrounding Tim's killing.

On May 6, 2013, Tim, 32, left his Ancaster home to take two men for a test drive of the truck he was selling. He never returned home to his wife and baby girl.

Millard, 30, and Mark Smich, 28, are on trial for his murder. The Crown intends to prove they shot Tim in his truck then cremated his body.

Three weeks before that, Robert Bochenek became the latest in Millard's long string of roommates.

A soft-spoken 25-year-old who answered questions directly and politely from the witness stand, the plumbing apprentice explained he decided to spread his wings and move out on his own.

He'd known Millard for four years, though not well, and had gone to a few parties at his Etobicoke home. His childhood pal and co-worker Andrew Michalski was already renting a room from "Dell." So when the basement room opened up — a room once occupied by Smich and his girlfriend Marlena Meneses — it seemed a perfect opportunity for Bochenek. He moved in mid-April for $400 a month in rent. A good deal for a nice house with a pool.

Bochenek testified he barely saw Millard during the four weeks he lived there. Bochenek filled his time with work and sports — sometimes playing soccer, tennis, golf and hockey all in one day. Also, during that single month he went to Jamaica for a week, returning May 4.

And he maintained his close relationship with his family, going to his parents' place for dinner and to watch the Leafs.

When he did see Millard, it was fleeting. He met Smich once, on May 5, for a moment at the house.

On May 6, Bochenek drove Michalski to the Millardair hangar near Kitchener to pick up his car. They left there by 8 p.m. The Crown's theory is that about six hours later, Millard and Smich brought Tim's body to the hangar and burned it.

A few days later Bochenek saw Millard and his girlfriend Christina Noudga in a red Dodge pickup in the Etobicoke home's driveway.

"I thought maybe they were making out or something," he testified. So he discreetly went in one door and a moment later the pair went in another.

That was the last time Bochenek saw Millard before his arrest on May 10.

Bochenek's landlord was an accused killer.

Then there's Javier Villada.

Testifying with the help of a Spanish interpreter, Villada told court he is from Colombia but is now a Canadian citizen. He came here to find a better life for himself, his wife and children, his brothers and in-laws.

In the summer of 2008, Villada — a builder and general handyman — began working for Wayne Millard, Dellen's father. Soon he reported directly to the younger Millard, working at his various properties around the GTA, including a house in Burlington.

Villada often worked seven days a week for his boss. Paycheques from Millard were sporadic, but Millard also lent Villada about $9,000 to go home to Colombia for a visit.

A red Dodge pickup truck was leased to Villada by Millard, but on May 4, 2013, Millard asked him to switch cars. Millard took the pickup — the only vehicle he owned that could haul the big fifth-wheel trailer he had. Villada said Millard told him he would need it for a week.

Tim's pickup truck would eventually be found inside that trailer, parked at the home of Millard's mother.

Villada's boss was an accused killer.

Susan Clairmont’s commentary appears regularly in The Spectator. sclairmont@thespec.com

905-526-3539 | @susanclairmont