16 April, 2012

Date set as Ex-priest takes case to top court

"A former priest ordered to be retried for a decades-old sexual offence is taking his case to the Supreme Court.

Charles Picot was acquitted last year on a 1975 charge of indecent assault on a 13-year-old boy. Picot was parish priest at St-Jean Baptiste Roman Catholic Church in Dalhousie, N.B., at the time.
But the Crown appealed the decision, and the province's Court of Appeal earlier this year ordered a new trial in a split decision: Judges Richard Bell and Kathleen A. Quigg ruled in favour, but Judge J.C. Marc Richard dissented, indicating that he would have let the acquittal stand.

Picot has now filed notice to take the matter to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Earlier this year, Picot was found guilty on another indecent assault charge, this one dating back to 1978, and sentenced to eight months in jail. He also served seven months in jail after a 1993 conviction on charges of sexual assault and indecent assault."  (Source: Toronto Sun)

The SCC has set October 19, 2012 to hear arguments in the case. 

A 'tip of the hat' to Sylvia MacEacheran of Sylvia's Site for this update.

Ex-priest takes case to top court | Canada | News | Toronto Sun

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