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Procedure - Trial judge’s duties - Charge or directions - Evidence of witnesses - Inferences of guilt

Thursday, November 24, 2016 @ 7:00 PM  

Appeal by the accused, Oland, from a conviction for second degree murder. A judge sitting with a jury convicted the accused in connection with the fatal beating of his father in 2011. Identity was the sole issue at trial. The accused appealed on the basis the verdict was unreasonable. Alternatively, the accused submitted that the trial judge made erroneous evidentiary rulings, and/or erred in charging the jury. The accused sought an acquittal, or alternatively, a new trial.

HELD: Appeal allowed. Although the jury verdict was based...