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How selfie led to murder charge

Cheyenne Rose Antoine, left, used her own belt to kill her best friend Brittney Gargol, right. Picture: Facebook
Cheyenne Rose Antoine, left, used her own belt to kill her best friend Brittney Gargol, right. Picture: Facebook

POLICE used a selfie to help convict a killer who strangled her best friend - because the photo shows the belt she used to throttle her.

Cheyenne Rose Antoine, 21, was this week jailed for seven years after 18-year-old Brittney Gargol's body was found dumped at the side of a road in Saskatchewan, Canada, reports The Sun.

Police say a picture of the pair posted hours before the teenager's death became a key piece of evidence after it showed Antoine wearing a belt police believed to be the murder weapon, according to CBC News.

Cheyenne Rose Antoine has been jailed for seven years for killing her best friend. Picture: Saskatoon Police
Cheyenne Rose Antoine has been jailed for seven years for killing her best friend. Picture: Saskatoon Police

Antoine says she had been out drinking with Gargol when they got into an argument but told police she doesn't remember strangling her on that night in March 2015.

But police noticed Gargol wearing the belt in the last picture her friend had shared online and it was eventually found near Gargol's body.

Police were able to piece together a timeline of the pair's movements from pictures posted on their social media sites.

During the trial, crown prosecutor Robin Ritter told the court it was "quite remarkable how the police developed this information".

He also told how Antoine attempted to throw officers off the scent by writing on Facebook hours after Gargol asking where she was.

Cheyenne Rose Antoine (left) has been jailed for strangling best friend Brittney Gargol (right) with the belt she’s wearing in this photo. Picture: Facebook
Cheyenne Rose Antoine (left) has been jailed for strangling best friend Brittney Gargol (right) with the belt she’s wearing in this photo. Picture: Facebook

She also misled police by claiming to have gone home with an unknown man that night but a friend tipped off police after Antoine apparently made a drunken confession.

The complex investigation took almost two years and Antoine was initially charged with second-degree murder.

Antoine later pleaded guilty to manslaughter but said she didn't remember killing her friend and was sentenced to seven years in prison on Monday.

In a statement, issued through her lawyer Lisa Watson, Antoine said: "I will never forgive myself. Nothing I say or do will ever bring her back.

Brittney Gargol was killed by her best friend. Picture: Facebook
Brittney Gargol was killed by her best friend. Picture: Facebook

"I am very, very sorry ... It shouldn't have ever happened."

Outside court, Gargol's uncle, Al Gargol, called her "a wonderful young person that didn't deserve this and we truly miss her every day".

 

This story was originally published in The Sun and is reprinted with permission.

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