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  • Court: Jury set for Jagtar Gill murder trial; opening arguments to begin Friday

    After screening more than 400 potential jurors over nearly four days, a 12-member jury panel has been chosen for a high-profile Ottawa murder trial.

    Bhupinderpal Gill, 40, and Gurpreet Ronald, 37, were charged with first-degree murder in connection with the January 2014 death of Gill's wife, Jagtar Gill.

    The 43-year-old mother of three was found dead in her Barrhaven home with her throat slashed and her wrists cut. Her teenage daughter made the gruesome discovery.

    The two accused were both OC Transpo bus drivers and lived in the same neighbourhood. They were arrested in April 2014, and have been in custody ever since.



    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...rial-1.3589742

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    Lawyers, advocates call for bail reform to ease jail overcrowding


    Jennifer Lajoy stands in the prisoner's box, looking like she wants to cry. Or maybe scream.

    For the fourth day in a row the 45-year-old from Smiths Falls, Ont., has been escorted from her cell at Ottawa's Innes Road jail, her hands and feet shackled, then loaded into a police van for the 90-minute journey to bail court in Perth, Ont. She's escorted by two OPP officers, making for a costly road trip.

    In Perth, things don't go Lajoy's way. Her bail hearing delayed again, she faces at least another week in jail. Charged in January with robbery with a weapon, her trial could be months away.



    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...ding-1.3603208

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    • #3
      Former Ontario teacher now faces 25 historical sexual assault charges



      A former teacher in the County of Leeds and the City of Ottawa is now facing 25 charges in connection with alleged sexual assaults that took place between 1964 and 2000.

      Leeds County OPP charged the 72-year-old man from Rockport, Ont., with 11 further offences on Tuesday in relation to additional victims.


      More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...rges-1.3609907

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      • #4
        Marc Leduc found guilty of murder in killings of 2 women


        An Ottawa jury has found Marc Leduc guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the killing Pamela Kosmack in 2008 and Leeanne Lawson in 2011.

        Kosmack and Lawson's families clapped and cried in relief and hugged the Crown attorneys and police as the verdicts were read in the packed Ontario Superior Court room Thursday.

        Justice Hugh McLean thanked the 12-person jury for its diligence in what he described as "a long and difficult exercise."

        Leduc, 59, will serve two concurrent life sentences with no chance of parole for 25 years. The sentence also carries a lifetime weapons ban and Leduc will be registered on a sex offender database.



        More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...dict-1.3608805

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        • #5
          Marc Leduc found guilty of murder in killings of 2 women

          An Ottawa jury has found Marc Leduc guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the killing Pamela Kosmack in 2008 and Leeanne Lawson in 2011.

          Kosmack and Lawson's families clapped and cried in relief and hugged the Crown attorneys and police as the verdicts were read in the packed Ontario Superior Court room Thursday.

          Justice Hugh McLean thanked the 12-person jury for its diligence in what he described as "a long and difficult exercise."

          Leduc, 59, will serve two concurrent life sentences with no chance of parole for 25 years. The sentence also carries a lifetime weapons ban and Leduc will be registered on a sex offender database.



          More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...dict-1.3608805

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          • #6
            Police push forward on 4 unsolved killings of sex workers


            An air of celebration filled an Ottawa courtroom Thursday as a jury found Marc Leduc guilty of killing Pamela Kosmack in 2008 and Leanne Lawson in 2011, but there are still four, similar unsolved cases sitting cold.


            Kosmack and Lawson both struggled with addiction and sometimes worked in the sex trade, court heard during the trial.

            Ottawa police Staff Sgt. Bruce Pirt said linking Leduc to the cases years after the two women were killed shows that a new witness or a DNA sample can reignite an investigation.



            More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...lved-1.3615647
            Last edited by Veon; 06-04-2016, 10:27 AM.

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            • #7
              2 more charged with 1st-degree murder in shooting death of Kitigan Zibi teen



              Two more men from Kitigan Zibi have been charged with first-degree murder in the death of an 18-year-old man from the same reserve who was shot to death early Sunday morning.

              Bret-James Jerome was found outside a home on Cartier Street in nearby Maniwaki, Que., just after 5 a.m. Sunday and was pronounced dead in hospital, police said.

              Neighbours had called police after hearing loud noises.

              Amik Mitchell, 22, was charged with first-degree murder and appeared at the courthouse in Maniwaki on Monday morning.

              On Tuesday, police arrested and charged two more men with first degree-murder: Jay Axel Stevens, 22 and Tristan Stevens Gagnon, 19, both of Kitigan Zibi.

              The two appeared in court today and will return on Thursday, June 9.

              The police investigation is ongoing.

              Kitigan Zibi is about 140 kilometres north of Ottawa.



              Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...rome-1.3621092

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              • #8
                Jagtar Gill's husband tossed replica murder weapon into woods, court hears


                The husband of a Barrhaven woman killed in 2014 was caught on camera removing a replica of one of the suspected murder weapons from their home and later tossed it into the woods, an Ottawa court heard Wednesday.

                Bhupinderpal Gill, 40, is one of two people charged in the stabbing death of 43-year-old Jagtar Gill.

                The mother of three was found bludgeoned and stabbed to death in the couple's home on Jan. 29, 2014, their 17th wedding anniversary.



                More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...teen-1.3636932

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                • #9
                  Yaqoub Ali guilty in 2014 Boxing Day shooting at Tanger Outlets mall


                  An Ottawa man has been found guilty on nine charges related to a brazen Boxing Day shooting two years ago at a Kanata shopping centre.

                  Yaqoub Ali, 27, was convicted Thursday in the Dec. 26, 2014 shooting at the Tanger Outlets mall — a violent bout of gunplay that Ottawa police originally chalked up to gang "infighting."


                  The victim, then 22-year-old Adel Al-Enzi, was shot once in the foot with a handgun.



                  More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...-ali-1.3639179

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                  • #10
                    Man, 42, charged with attempted murder in Sunday shooting


                    An Ottawa man is facing an attempted murder charge after police investigated a shooting on Woodroffe Avenue Sunday night.

                    Police said patrol officers went to the 3100 block of Woodroffe Avenue at about 10 p.m. after a report of a shooting.

                    When they arrived, they found the person who had called 911 had taken a 42-year-old man into custody.

                    In addition to the attempted murder charge, the accused also faces a number of gun-related charges, including use of a firearm to commit an indictable offence, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace and possession of a loaded firearm.

                    He also faces charges of loitering or prowling at night on another person's property and assault with the intention to resist or prevent arrest.

                    He is expected to appear in court Tuesday morning.




                    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...rder-1.3664435

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                    • #11
                      Jagtar Gill trial brings little closure for families

                      Sitting through a weeks-long first-degree murder trial is an emotionally draining, profoundly sad ordeal for the victim's family.

                      For nine weeks, Jagtar Gill's life — and her brutal death — were laid bare in front of a jury of 12 strangers, and a courtroom full of many more. Her family sat through every minute of it.

                      Jagtar and Bhupinderpal Gill wed in January 1997 in India's Punjab region. The marriage had been pre-arranged by their two families. The bride was 26, the groom just 20.

                      The couple returned to Canada where they delivered newspapers in the early morning hours, worked at a high-tech firm during the day and delivered pizza at night. Through tireless toil, they scraped together enough money to achieve a degree of financial security.



                      More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...book-1.3684144

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                      • #12
                        Ontario's new attorney general wants to modernize justice system

                        Ontario's new attorney general has his sights set on modernizing the justice system — a mammoth task more likely to happen in baby steps rather than with a big bang.

                        Yasir Naqvi, who took over the post from a now-retired Madeleine Meilleur in a cabinet shuffle in June, has spent the summer getting up to speed on his new file. He has already identified some priority areas, including how the courts can make better use of technology.




                        More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toront...tion-1.3738897

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                        • #13
                          Former Ottawa fertility doctor impregnated 2 women with his own sperm, lawsuit alleges

                          A former Ottawa fertility doctor who resigned from the Order of Canada in 2014 is facing a potential class-action lawsuit alleging he inseminated at least two women with his own sperm.

                          Norman Barwin is alleged to have carried out the inseminations without the women's knowledge or consent, according to a statement of claim filed Tuesday by Ottawa law firm Nelligan O'Brien Payne.

                          The class action has yet to be certified by a judge, an important step for the lawsuit to proceed, and allegations against Barwin have not been proven in court.



                          More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...suit-1.3832572

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                          • #14
                            Judge shortage forcing Ottawa courts to prioritize criminal trials over civil cases

                            Delays by the federal government in appointing judges are crippling the criminal justice system, Ottawa lawyers say, and causing a domino effect on civil cases across the country.

                            The most serious criminal and civil trials requiring a jury are tried before Ontario Superior Court judges who are appointed by the federal government.

                            However, there are currently 43 vacancies for federally appointed judges, with another 12 slated to retire in February.

                            Ottawa medical malpractice lawyer Andrea Girones was told just before Christmas that one trial which was set to start in February had been cancelled, even though it had been booked more than a year earlier.

                            "They set a trial date, and then it collapsed because there's no judge available," Girones told CBC News.


                            More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...ials-1.3925304

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                            • #15
                              Devontay Hackett's trial begins today for 2014 prom night killing of Brandon Volpi

                              The second-degree murder trial of Devontay Hackett, accused in the June 2014 killing of 18-year-old Brandon Volpi, begins today with jury selection. Volpi, 18, was stabbed to death around 3:30 a.m. on June 7, 2014, outside Les Suites Hotel on Besserer Street, where students from three Catholic high schools were gathered for an after-prom party, witnesses told CBC Ottawa at the time.



                              More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...olpi-1.3936910

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