BARRIE – The man accused of stabbing 18-year-old Francesco Molinaro to death during a booze-fueled street brawl at Wasaga Beach joked about his conquest, a witness told a jury Tuesday.“I caught a body,” Johnny (Jonathan) Landsberg bragged to a friend days after the murder, according to a witness. “It went in like butter.”The chilling words were allegedly uttered days after Molinaro was stabbed in the back several times at Wasaga Beach where he was partying with his friends on Victoria Day May 21, 2016.“He was kind of joking,” said witness Michelle Bradbury.She told the jury Landsberg had been drinking and she didn’t know what he was talking about.“He wasn’t making any sense, it just came out of nowhere.”
The mother of murder victim Francesco Molinaro outside of court on Tuesday. (Tracy McLaughlin photo)
Later when he was much more intoxicated, she said Landsberg became weepy, covered his face in his hands, and said, “I don’t know what to do, I didn’t mean for this to happen.”She said she knew Landsberg as a bit of a “wannabe” who always wanted to be seen as a “tough guy.”Sitting in the front row of the court, Molinaro’s mother and father bowed their heads as they listened to the testimony.Landsberg, now 20, of Whitby and and his friend Eric Talbot, now 21, of Pickering are on trial and plead not guilty to second-degree murder.
Francesco Molinaro, 18 (Courtesy Molinaro family)
Witnesses testified Landsberg, and his two friends approached Molinaro on the street in an aggressive manner and circled him for no reason, then all three lay a beating on him as Molinaro desperately tried to fight back.A video shown to the court shows the street fight, where one man who the Crown claims is Landsberg, brandishes a knife and makes quick jabbing motions at Molinaro.Molinaro collapsed on the street and died a short time later.The trial continues.
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