Court heard Thursday a videotaped statement Douglas Hales made to Saskatoon police in August 2008 will be allowed as evidence.

Hales is on trial for first-degree murder in the death of 25-year-old Daleen Bosse of Onion Lake Cree Nation who was last seen in May 2004.

The videotape, which has already been shown to the trial as part of a voir dire, shows Hales confessing to the murder of Bosse to police shortly after his arrest on August 10, 2008.

In allowing the statement as admissible evidence, Justice Gerald Albright said there are no visible signs the statement Hales gave to police was given involuntarily.

Justice Albright said there is no evidence police use methods of oppression, inducement, trickery or threats while obtaining the statement.

He also said Hales appears to be aware and using a fully operating mind during the interview.

Defence lawyer Bob Hrycan had argued Hales made the statement while under duress and while still suffering the psychological effects of the Mr. Big sting operation he had been exposed to.

Justice Albright also disallowed a defence motion to have an academic who studies Mr. Big sting police undercover operations introduce evidence at the trial
Mark Patry is a professor of psychology at St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia who has written a number of articles on Mr. Big operations.

He says police methods used in these undercover operations can lead to false confessions.

Patry has already testified to court as part of a voir dire.

However, in disallowing the defence application, Justice Albright ruled Patry’s theories on Mr. Big operations are largely unproven and referred to them as “novel science.”

The Saskatoon trial has now been adjourned until June 23.