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Christopher Garnier says he vomited and his vision blurred after watching off-duty police officer Catherine Campbell open her eyes and gasp her last breath during a sexual encounter in which she had asked to be slapped and choked.

Garnier, 30, testified in his own defence Monday at his murder trial, telling a Halifax jury he initially recalled little of what happened in the early hours of Sept. 11, 2015, and only began piecing things together after his arrest five days later.

He said he had nightmares and felt "different" in the days after Campbell died. But he did not remember dumping her body near Halifax's Macdonald Bridge, he testified, and thought maybe she was only missing when he saw Facebook posts about her disappearance.

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Catherine Campbell, an off-duty police officer with the Truro Police Service, was found dead near Halifax's Macdonald Bridge in on September 2015. (CBC)

Garnier also faced cross-examination Monday, with a Crown prosecutor questioning elements of his story and asking why, when he was asked multiple times during his police interrogation whether Campbell had wanted to be choked, he had shaken his head no.

The Crown confirmed Garnier never mentioned Campbell's request to be dominated to police. The cross-examination will continue Tuesday.

Garnier is on trial in Nova Scotia Supreme Court for second-degree murder in the death of Campbell, a constable with the Truro Police Service, and interfering with human remains. He has pleaded not guilty to both counts.

'Unfortunate accident'

"I would do anything to change what happened, and if I could talk to her family I would say I was sorry," Garnier told the jury.

In his opening remarks Monday, defence lawyer Joel Pink called Campbell's death an "unfortunate accident" during "rough sex" she had initiated at a Halifax apartment. A psychiatrist will also testify about why Garnier can't remember certain details from that night, Pink said.

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This court sketch shows Christopher Garnier lying on a table in a Halifax courtroom. Testifying at his second-degree murder trial on Monday, Dec. 11, Garnier left the witness box to imitate for the jury what happened on a pullout couch at the McCully Street apartment where police have said Catherine Campbell died. (J. Vincent Walsh/For CBC)

Garnier testified he and his common-law partner, Brittany Francis, had broken up and he decided to stay at a friend's apartment on McCully Street.

That night, he drank, smoked marijuana and later headed downtown, he testified. At the Halifax Alehouse, a downtown bar, he met Campbell and the two returned to the apartment.

It's there, Garnier testified, that Campbell asked if he was "into domination." He initially didn't reply, he said, because he was caught off guard and had never been into rough sex.

Campbell asked him to choke her and Garnier testified he put both his hands on her neck for about 30 seconds. He testified he would have stopped if she had asked him to, but she didn't.

They moved to a pullout couch in the den, where Garnier said he laid down on Campbell and put his arm across her neck. She then asked to be slapped, reassuring him it was all right, he said, and he did so three times with the back of his hand, without looking at her face.

"I was uncomfortable and embarrassed about what I was doing," he told court.

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An evidence image from inside the McCully Street apartment where Campbell died. (Handout/Canadian Press)

Campbell then grabbed his arm, Garnier testified, and pushed it down on her throat. He said his arm felt wet and warm, and then he saw blood. He left to fetch a towel, he told the court, and when he returned, Campbell wasn't moving.

He said as he tried to pick Campbell up, shaking her shoulders, her eyes opened. Garnier said he could hear her gasp her last breath. "I could hear air come out of her lungs."

Garnier said as he stood up, his vision was blurry and he felt sick to his stomach. He never called 911 or tried CPR.

He said he was panicked and everything felt "loud." He remembers folding the couch mattress to get it through the back door and glimpses of the Macdonald Bridge, but nothing else until his friend woke him the next morning.

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