Jenni Byrne tells Magnotta trial about parcel sent to CPC HQ

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's deputy chief of staff has testified about May 29 incident

MONTREAL —  Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s deputy chief of staff has testified at Luka Rocco Magnotta’s first-degree murder trial about opening a parcel and being overwhelmed by a foul odour.

Jenni Byrne was the Conservatives’ director of political operations when a partially opened package arrived at party headquarters in Ottawa on May 29, 2012.

Byrne testified today she proceeded to open the package completely and then instructed her assistant to call 911 after being overcome by a rotting smell.

The box contained a foot belonging to Jun Lin, the Chinese engineering student Magnotta has admitted to killing.

Magnotta is charged with first-degree murder in Lin’s slaying and dismemberment.

He has admitted the physical acts he’s accused of but has pleaded not guilty by way of mental disorder.

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