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The judge’s decision to stay the charges against Father Gary Hoskins have been posted:

16 February 2017:  R v Hoskins (Stay of proceedings granted by Justice David F. Hurley)

Please please read carefully so that you can understand how important it is that all the dilly-dallying with court dates must come to an end.

The terribly sad thing about all for this is that it is the victims and society as a whole who suffer when judges/Crowns and/or defence lawyers do not ensure that cases move through the courts at a reasonable pace.  How unfortunate that there is no thought here for victim’s rights.  How terribly unfortunate that “alleged” sexual predators go free.  What a disgrace that an “alleged” child molester is treated like a victim.  How sad that  Crowns and defence lawyers are not held accountable and penalized when they aren’t prepared for a court date and/or fail to disclose documents ?

Note the charges against Hoskins which have in essence been tossed by the court :

Count No. 1

on or between the 1st day of January, 1984 A.D. and the 31st day of December, 1986 A.D., at or near Stephenville in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, did commit a sexual assault on L.J., contrary to Section 246.1 of the Criminal Code;

Count No. 2

on or between the 1st day of January, 1984 A.D. and the 31st day of December, 1986 A.D., at or near Stephenville in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, did commit a sexual assault on L.J., contrary to Section 246.1 of the Criminal Code;

Note too that Father Hoskins was dismissed as a psychologist when the charges were laid:

While demonstrating actual prejudice is not a factor in obtaining relief under section 11(b) of the Charter, the Court was told that the Accused was dismissed from his employment as a psychologist when the charges were laid and has not found employment since that time.

Why mention it if indeed “demonstrating actual prejudice is not a factor in obtaining relief.”  And note, not a boo regarding the complainant’s life being put on hold!  Not one single judicial boo!

At the end of the day, the stay is, alas, all about ‘poor poor Father Hoskins.’

I wonder if the Crown appealed?  There was talk of an appeal.  Does anyone know?

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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