Date set for Badgerows 4th murder trial

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(Updated)A date for the Robert Badgerow’s fourth murder trial has been set, but it won’t begin until September 2016. We take a look at this case and why it’s bounced around the legal system for three decades.Former Hamilton steelworker Robert Badgerow is a man who is forever connected, rightly or wrongly, with a murder.Badgerow from November 2011: “On her death alone, I had nothing to do with that. I’m sory the young woman met the end that she did but it wasn’t at my hand.”It was June 20th, 1981 when Diane Werendowicz was killed. Her body was found in the Stoney Creek area. She had been sexually assaulted and strangled.The case went cold until 1998 when police used DNA evidence to match with Badgerow. He was convicted, then on appeal the conviction was overturned. A second trial ended in a hung jury, as did a third. And now, a fourth will take place 35 years after the murder.Jeff Manishin, criminal defense lawyer with Ross and McBride: “I don’t view it as amazing. It’s unusual.”Jeff Manishin is a criminal defense lawyer, who says that this case is unique in the number of times Badgerow has gone to trial: “But because it’s a human system so many things are possible.”In Manitoba, Thomas Sophonow went through 3 murder trials with the last ending in a hung jury in 1985. The crown did not proceed further, but Sophonow also remained connected.Tom Sophonow from a YouTube video: “It was a cloud hanging over my head. I was still guilty, I was still considered a murderer.”In 2000, police found evidence which exonerated Sophonow. Manishin was reluctant to predict if this will be the final trial for Badgerow, but: “I would say this, that if this trial ended in a hung jury again, no doubt, the defense would seek a stay of proceedings in the future.”The difference for the fourth Badgerow trial is that evidence which had previously been deemed inadmissible will now be included. That evidence: 2 days after the murder, a 911 call was made. The call was traced to a pay phone just a few hundred feet from where Badgerow was working. read more


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first_imgOne in Four clients’ engagement with the Christian Brothers is often adversarial and legalistic and deeply distressing to them. In the case of the Kiltegans a major problem exists in that complaints of child sexual abuse made against priests working in developing countries have not been addressed.“Only 12 Christian Brothers are convicted despite complaints against 325 Brothers: across the border in Down and Connor there are only 3 convictions out of 42 priests against whom allegations have been made. The same pattern exists elsewhere.”Lewis concluded by saying that while improvements were to be welcomed, work needed to be continued to ensure that children are kept safe in the Church.Read: Just 12 Christian Brothers convicted after 870 allegationsRead: Cardinal Brady says he is ‘truly sorry’ to survivors ONE IN FOUR, the advocacy group that represents survivors of clerical abuse, today said that the reviews by the Catholic Church’s National Board for Safeguarding Children have been met with an overly legalistic response by the Christian Brothers.Today’s publishing of the reports shows that just 12 convictions have been made on the back of 870 allegations against 325 Christian Brothers.While One in Four welcomed the publishing of the reports, they said they were disappointed with the response of the Christian Brothers.Maeve Lewis of One in Four said that the findings of the report, which said that the Christian Brothers were too quick to resort to legal recourse, were in keeping with what the survivors of abuse had experienced.last_img read more