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Homicide victim Brenda Moreside is shown in a family photo. In 2005 Brenda Moreside called 911 from her home in northern Alberta to report that her husband was drunk and breaking into the house. RCMP never responded and 12 days later found her body was found, stabbed to death.JASON FRANSON/The Canadian Press

A 911 operator says she was dismissive of a call made by a northern Alberta woman who was later stabbed to death by her boyfriend.

Yen Tran also admits in an affidavit that she used unprofessional language when she took the call from Brenda Moreside in High Prairie in February 2005.

Tran says she treated the call as if it were a vandalism complaint instead of domestic violence.

Tran was to be a witness at an inquiry into Moreside's death, but court heard she is eight months pregnant and the stress of testifying might cause her to go into premature labour.

Moreside called the emergency number asking police for help because her drunken boyfriend was breaking into their home.

She was told the man couldn't be charged with breaking into his own residence and officers didn't respond to her complaint.

Police didn't find her body until 12 days later.

Mounties apologized at the time and admitted an error had been made.