Belleville – It started as a missing persons case that quickly evolved to murder when the lifeless body of 40 year-old Cindy Sullivan was discovered in an apartment on Adrian Court in Trenton.
A murder so gruesome — photos of the scene were deemed too explicit to be shown in open court. Only the judge, lawyers and court staff viewed the disturbing images.
The 40 year-old mother of two was found dead in Ronald Shorey’s bedroom. She had been beaten and was stabbed in the neck and chest with a kitchen knife. She and Shorey had recently broken up.
Sullivan’s best friend —- Matthew Porlier testified that he became concerned about his friend’s whereabouts when he couldn’t get in touch with her. “I knew something was wrong.” He told the court that he immediately suspected Shorey because of his reaction to her disappearance and being released by police following questioning. “He was thrilled, it was like a heyday to him as far as I was concerned.”
A day after Sullivan was reported missing, Shorey actually called police to tell them he had found her body in his bedroom. He has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the case. His lawyer suggesting a previous brain injury mixed with alcohol may have played a role in the woman’s death.
However the crown is attempting to prove him guilty of second degree murder.
Shorey has been incarcerated since his arrest in 2012 and is currently serving time at a provincial jail. The trial is expected to last about three weeks and was actually supposed to start earlier this year but it had to be postponed due to scheduling issues with expert witnesses.