A Canadian woman has been convicted of killing her friend after police noticed the murder weapon in a picture of the pair posted on Facebook.
Cheyenne Rose Antoine, 21, pleaded guilty to killing Brittney Gargol in March 2015 after the 18-year-old was found strangled near a landfill in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
A belt as found near to the teenager’s body – and police discovered a selfie on Facebook showing Antoine wearing it while posing with her friend hours before she died.
Antoine initially told police that the pair had visited several bars before Brittney left with an unidentified man, while she went to see her uncle.
However, police were suspicious of the story and used Facebook in an attempt to establish the pair’s movements on the night of Brittney’s death.
It was while trawling Facebook that they saw Antoine wearing the murder weapon in a selfie and she became a suspect.
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Antoine posted “Where are you? Haven’t heard from you. Hope you made it home safe” on Brittney’s Facebook page the morning after her death, which police soon realised was an attempt at diverting attention away from herself.
Antoine was initially charged with second-degree murder and she later confessed to a friend that she and Brittney had got into a heated argument and she ended up hitting and strangling her friend.
She admitted that the pair were drunk and high on marijuana at the time.
Antoine’s charge was later changed to manslaughter and she accepted responsibility for her friend’s death, but maintains that she does not remember killing her.
She said in a statement through her lawyer: ”I will never forgive myself. Nothing I say or do will ever bring her back. I am very, very sorry… It shouldn’t have ever happened.”
Antoine, who reportedly suffered years of abuse in the Saskatchewan care system, was sentenced to seven years in jail.