David Osborne knew who to call when Brittney Irving disappeared with more than four pounds of his marijuana.
The former pot broker was upset that Irving failed to contact him an hour after her last text message, as promised. When more than two hours passed, one of the first calls he made was to Joe Verma, another broker he'd seen Irving with recently.
There was no answer. Osborne spoke to Verma later that April day in 2010.
"I said I was out money and I wanted it back," he testified in B.C. Supreme Court. "(He) showed some concern but said he'd check around for me."
Verma, on trial for Irving's first-degree murder, and Osborne had completed a half-dozen marijuana deals over several years. Both men and Irving were brokers who represented buyers or sellers as middle men.
Osborne met the other two by chance at a Rutland tattoo shop and they talked a week before Irving, 24, went missing. When Osborne reached Verma by phone on April 6, he asked if he knew where "that girl we were with the other day" was because he hadn't heard from her.
Verma said "what girl?" Osborne specified it was Irving. Verma said he had texted her earlier in the day and not since, Osborne said. The men arranged to meet the following day.
Justice Alison Beames interrupted Osborne when he said "What I was concerned about was that possibly Brittney and . . ." She cautioned him that he couldn't express what he thought or speculated.
Osborne had given Irving 4.5 pounds of marijuana worth more than $10,000 to sell to a buyer. When he and Verma met, Verma asked how the loss would affect him.
"I said I'd be fine and I'd deal with any issues I had to," Osborne said. "I was fed up with people stealing from people and I'd like to know who did it because I'd like to deal with them."
Verma told him he'd try to find out what happened. Osborne never heard from him.
The prosecution says Irving contacted Verma on April 6 and arranged to sell him 50 pounds of pot for $100,000 she'd rounded up from other brokers. Verma had been paying the rent at the Kelowna motel where Irving was staying.
At 1:53 p.m., Irving's last outgoing text message from her phone was to Verma, the Crown says. She was shot dead and found in a wooded area off McCulloch Road in East Kelowna.
Verma told police he expected to buy a small amount of marijuana, but she never showed up, the jury heard.
Osborne last saw Irving at noon April 6. They'd arranged to meet in the Costco parking lot and Osborne delivered three pounds of weed, adding to the 1.5 pounds he'd already given her. She texted him soon after, complaining she was "five pounds short" of the amount she was trying to assemble.
Her last text to Osborne at 1:15 p.m. said she expected to finish her transaction in an hour and she'd come back with his money. He never heard from her again.
Earlier Thursday, another broker testified he gave Irving a quarter-pound sample of high-grade marijuana on April 5. Tyler Sandy said she had to fill an order for
50 pounds and planned to show a buyer his sample.
Sandy spoke to Irving by phone the morning of April 6. She told him she was "going to see her guy" and would let Sandy know in
20 minutes if he wanted to buy his weed, he said. He never heard from her.
Jay Shah, night manager at the Days Inn in Kelowna, pointed to Verma in surveillance video recorded in the lobby on April 5. Shah directed three phone calls to room 108, where Irving and her brother were staying.
Shah asked Verma if he'd received the calls. Verma told him they were for Irving and not him, Shah said.
The trial continues.