Sister turned in accused killer

Startling details about the case against accused prostitute killer Thomas Svekla emerged after a detailed RCMP affidavit was released yesterday.

Svekla's sister turned him in to police after realizing a hockey bag at her home that Svekla said contained "compost and worms" actually hid the wrapped body of slain prostitute Theresa Innes.

The same sister told police her "very nervous" "crying and distraught" brother told her he had "done something very, very bad" a week before the mutilated body ofRachel Quinney was found.

The affidavit reveals Quinney's body was found naked and both her breasts and genitalia had been removed.

The 188-page document also names and details other suspects of Project KARE, a task force investigating the killing and disappearance of Edmonton-area prostitutes.

As well, it discloses police used both undercover officers and confidential informants in the investigation of Svekla and recounts some of the alleged killer's statements.

Svekla, a 39-year-old mechanic, is charged with second-degree murder and interfering with a human body in the slayings of both Quinney, 19, and Innes, 36.

Quinney's body was found in a patch of trees near Sherwood Park on June 11, 2004. Police allege Svekla killed her earlier and mutilated her body.

The body of Innes was found nearly two years later, on May 8, 2006. She had been stuffed in a hockey bag at a Fort Saskatchewan home.

Police allege Innes was slain earlier in High Level and her body transported the 700 km to Fort Saskatchewan inside the hockey bag.

According to the affidavit, Svekla's sister, Donna Parkinson, looked into the hockey bag her brother left at her Fort Saskatchewan home because she was suspicious.

"Parkinson said she recalled starting to hyperventilate when she felt the package was hard."

An autopsy revealed the body had been wrapped in garbage bags, a shower curtain and an air mattress and about 50 small gauge wires had been used in the wrapping. No cause of death was determined.

Parkinson told police that when Svekla told her he had "done something very, very bad," he looked unusually clean and was covered in scratches.

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