Category: Courts

Drug-smuggling Millhaven prison worker found dead

David MartinA manager at a maximum-security federal prison in Ontario who was caught smuggling a substantial quantity of drugs last year, in a scheme apparently orchestrated by the Hells Angels biker gang, has been found dead. David Martin, 47, of Kingston, Ontario died Sunday, August 21. An obituary published by his family said only that Martin died “unexpectedly at home.” Kingston Police would not answer questions. Asked if detectives are investigating Martin’s death, spokeswoman Joanne Geike told me that she could not provide any information.

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Sailor faces second court martial over alleged penis swirling

A sailor on a Canadian warship will face a second court martial over an allegation that he dipped his penis in another sailor’s glass of chocolate milk after an argument between the two men in a mess hall of the ship (read the court docs after the jump). Master Seaman W.L. Boyle was acquitted of the charge of acting in a “disgraceful manner” by a military judge, Cmdr. Paul Lamont, despite testimony from another sailor who said he watched Boyle unzip his pants and insert his penis into the glass and “swirl it around.”

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Police snap legal leash on released sex predator Mark Bedford

Police in Kingston, Ontario took extraordinary measures with the release from prison of an Internet sex predator considered one of the most prolific ever caught in Canada. A legal leash (read full document after jump) was slapped on Mark Bedford (inset) when he walked out of penitentiary a free man after three years behind bars. Bedford is forbidden from using a computer that can access the Internet, along with 22 other strict conditions.

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Prison service paying off staff who sued

Joyceville Institution signMore than 360 people who worked at a federal prison in Kingston, Ontario, will get at least $1,000 each after a precedent setting six-year legal fight over a breach of their privacy. “This has been a long odyssey,” Christopher Edwards, the Kingston lawyer who represented staff in a lawsuit, said Wednesday.

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An outlaw biker, makeshift barbell and a big lawsuit

Carl BurseyCorrections Canada says it’s not legally liable for injuries suffered by an imprisoned outlaw biker because he was exercising with a makeshift barbell built with bags of water. The claim is contained in a statement of defence filed last week in a Kingston court in response to a lawsuit launched in May by Carl Thomas Bursey, who is behind bars at Kingston Penitentiary for drug dealing. The Bandidos outlaw bike gang member (symbolized by the Fat Mexican wielding a gun and a machete) is suing the federal government for $5 million, claiming he suffered a crippling injury because he got substandard medical care from prison staff after he hurt himself while exercising.

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Captured on camera, a killer remains free

Tim WojnaA short, dark movie is looping in Sally Dawe’s head.

It is two minutes and 45 seconds of black and white, silent horror.

It captures the final 165 seconds of the life of her 24-year-old son Tim Wojna, from the moment he encounters a trio of mouthy men on an Ottawa sidewalk, to the moment when one punch to the back of his neck kills him.

“It was your worst nightmare,” says Dawe.

The movie (watch it after the jump) was recorded by an outdoor video surveillance camera beginning at 2:53 a.m. on June 25, 2006.

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Lahey’s laptop had pix of 8 year old boys: Document

CBC did great work, breaking this story, by ferreting out the background document filed by investigators in order to get a search warrant for Catholic Bishop Raymond Lahey’s (above) computer and other digital devices.

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Mass murder in black and white

The document above is an inventory of mass murder. It’s the charge sheet or ‘information,’ the document filed July 23, 2009, in a Kingston, Ontario court by police, setting out the criminal charges against three people from Montreal: Mohammed Shafia, 56, his wife Tooba Mohammed Yahya, 39, and their son, Hamed, 18. Each is charged...

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