JoeWalsh, then a young court reporter, recalls the case being shocking, but the trial moved fast, lasting days, not months.
"I can remember when this happened. Initially you go into shock there is a tremendous amount going on around you. There is publicity. There is a funeral. But that fades very, very quickly and pretty soon you are home alone. I can remember I would wake up and I was in such a state of melancholy.
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"I remember she said, 'Why did he have to kill her?'" Peddle said.
More than a dozen witnesses testified about a Saturday night party Belbin and ReginaPeddle attended at a cabin on Bauline Line near Torbay, suggestingBelbin indulged in hard drugs such as LSD and mescaline several hours prior to Regina's death. Regina had wanted to go home to do an assignment, according to the Evening Telegram account of the trial.
A roommate had discovered Regina's body that Sunday on campus in the Burton's Pond apartment complex. Regina, one of 14 siblings, had been expected home at Tilton the next day, where she was to be godmother in a christening ceremony for her sister's baby.
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"She would have enjoyed life. She was a pleasant, charming, very gregarious, outgoing person full of life, looking forward to her future," Peddle said.
After getting the two youngest children off to school that Monday morning, Peddle's mother, Ellen Mary, had heard on the radio that a girl had died at MUN. She wasn't expecting the shock that Nike Coat Sale came next, though.
Belbin apparently came back to the cabin party after leaving Regina's apartment and cracked a beer, according to the coverage. on Nov. 4.
At trial in April 1975, it was revealed that Belbin gave a statement to police that he had strangled Regina Peddle and hit her over the head with a bottle "to make sure she was dead," according to an Nike Windrunner Jackets For Men
"I mean that was a real talk of the town," said Walsh, now a retired editor. "The details were so horrific. I remember it well."
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"It was pure selfishness, to rape somebody and to avoid accountability, you kill them, take away their life just like that. The evilness and selfishness you can't even begin to comprehend."
list of killed or missing women and girls who will be remembered in a public vigil in St. John's Feb. 3, a project organized by Marguerite's Place, the Coalition Against Violence Avalon East, the St. John's Native Friendship Centre and the Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre.
Clarence Peddle, about four years older than Regina, had already graduated from MUN and hadn't started working yet, so was home with his mother in Tilton.
After the jury verdict for non capital murder in April 1975, Furlong described Belbin's actions as those of a "cold blooded murderer."
Chief Justice Robert Furlong referred to the hard drug testimony argued for the defence as reason for a manslaughter verdict as speculation and in his statement to police, Belbin admitted to consuming beer, rum and marijauna prior to Regina's death.
Clarence Peddle read about an upcoming vigil in a Jan. 25 Telegram story and contacted the event organizers, hoping his sister who was brutally raped and murdered by Christopher Wayne Belbin, then 22, whom she had apparently met at university could be included.
"A beautiful girl with every reason to be optimistic about what lay ahead of her, certainly not someone who tempted fate in any way or was any way responsible for what happened to her."
Peddle remembers his mother asking how the accused's mother and grandmother were coping, even though she didn't Nike Sweatshirt With Pockets
"We were spared what some families have to go through," Peddle said. "I look at people today who are going through this. The legal system is very complicated and it is sometimes drawn out for years. And at the end of the day they might say, 'We never even got close to any kind of accountability and justice.'"
Ellen Mary Peddle lived into her late 80s, but her spirit never got over the loss, Clarence Peddle said.
Her brother, Clarence Peddle, is certain of one thing: there was promise and lots of it for the 20 year old, fourth year Memorial University education student, who was following in her older sister's footsteps to be a teacher.
"But if you are a relative, a brother, a father, a mother or a child, then it's important to let people know you never forget and the pain never goes away. I think that's important for this vigil let them know we never forget. We never stop grieving."
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Belbin was given a life sentence, but was eligible for day parole in 1982 and full parole in 1985. He had also been convicted of being unlawfully at large in 1983, as well as use of a firearm and robbery in 1982, convictions added to his existing sentence, according to the National Parole Board. He is deceased.
While justice moved swiftly for Regina's family, Peddle acknowledges many families are left awaiting lengthy trials or get no justice at all. He feels for people like Yvonne Predham, whose daughter Chrissy was 28 when she was found stabbed to death in her Airport Heights apartment in 2007.
Her son, Father John, a priest in town for the family celebration, and the parish monsignor came to the door.
"As far as I was concerned at that time we would never be happy again. That is the feeling you have. It is an overpowering blackness 'Life is pretty well over for all of us. We will never be able to carry on and function or look forward or smile again.' There is a great depth of sadness there. Obviously as time passes there is some healing."
"After that I heard her scream. I remember all she said was, I could hear her say, 'Not Regina,'" Peddle recalled, filling up with emotion at the memory.
"If you are not directly associated or related to the person involved (in a murder.) Then life goes on and you forget. And that's understandable," Peddle said.
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