The Supreme Court of Canada has denied the appeal of a convicted murderer, Troy Davey, who was indicted with first degree murder charges on February 22, 2007 for the death of Cobourg Police Constable Chris Garrett on May 15, 2004.
The court files reported that Garrett was tricked to arrive at a former hospital on Chapel Street at around 3 a.m. where Davey, then 18-years-old, faked being a robbery victim. Davey took advantage of the moment, while Garret was taking notes, and slashed his neck. Even though Garrett was wounded, he still followed Davey and managed to fire him in the leg. Consequently, Davey’s mother had to take him to the Northumberland Hills Hospital, where he was arrested.
The killers appeal was made in the Supreme Court of Canada due to “jury vetting.” During the court proceedings, there were overall only general comments like “good”, “yes”, “ok”, or “no”, along with comments on relationships or roles in the community. The final Supreme Court ruling stated that “Crown counsel was not motivated by improper purposes, and was diligent in twice disclosing information that might suggest partiality against the defence. The defence also conducted its own consultation with local residents.” The ruling further read that “the Crown’s request for the police opinions and the failure to disclose those opinions were not so offensive to the community’s sense of fair play and decency that the proceedings should be set aside as a miscarriage of justice. There was no appearance of unfairness that would shake the public’s confidence in the administration of justice.”
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