Justice Timothy Ray’s Reasons for Judgment in the conviction of Father Rene Labelle is posted:
17 January 2014: Reasons for Judgment (Father Rene Labelle conviction)
Due to the publication ban on the victims name I have identified the victim and his family and friends by initials which are NOT the initials of their names. I have also redacted portions of the judgment which I think might identify the victim.
Over the next few days I will be blogging my observations on the trial. There are a number of things which I really want to pass along. I may have mentioned this before but will say it again: this is a reminder to everyone that charges can be laid and successfully prosecuted when ‘only’ one victim comes forward. I also want to encourage anyone struggling with sex abuse allegations again Labelle to contact police.
Enough for now,