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Outside court, a stern Anderson stood silently with her father and defence lawyer, Vikram Singh.
“This was a horrific case with extenuating circumstances and all parties worked very hard throughout the process to come to the resolve where it’s at now,” Singh said.
Singh said Anderson, who was out on bail briefly over the four years, “has to absorb quite of bit of the changes in her life . . . there’s going to be a period of time for her to transition back into the community.”
lfpress.com After four years in jail, a London couple have been granted bail to await sentencing for severely scalded their roommate
Defence lawyer, Vikram Singh, representing Cynthia Anderson, 40, and lawyer Frances Brennan for Johnathon Rick, 41, each made their final pitches at the re-trial that began in January before Superior Court Justice Andrew Goodman.
Assistant Crown attorney Laurie Tuttle will present her argument July 15.
lfpress.com Two of three closing arguments in the trial of a couple accused of torturing their vulnerable roommate finished Friday.
The brother testified — under questions from Anderson’s lawyer, Vikram Singh, who had called the man to the stand — that his sister became more agitated and shaky in June 2013 after the sentencing had been delayed.
lfpress.com What led to the retrial of a London couple, charged with torturing their roommate, was concern from the alleged victim’s brother that she had lied about how she had been so horribly burned.
But Anderson, who, with Rick, lived with the woman for about three years, said nothing like that ever happened. She insisted it was a happy, supportive arrangement that everyone enjoyed.
Through questions from her defence lawyer, Vikram Singh, she said she has known Rick since high school.
lfpress.com Cynthia Anderson is still in love.
A re-trial was ordered after the woman's brother came forward to police and said the woman had told him all her injuries were self-inflicted.
She went on to describe three instances where Rick and Anderson poured boiling water on her from an electric kettle – to her left shoulder, her back and upper leg.
“I still got the scar there,” she said.
“I'm suggesting you did it to yourself,” Williams [Anderson's defence lawyer] said.
torontosun.com The 29-year old woman who is central in a case of alleged torture by her former roommates had never had an emotional breakdown while testifying at either of the two previous Superior Court trials until Monday.
Vikram Singh practices primarily Criminal and Family Law. He has appeared on both Provincial and Federal matters in the Ontario Court of Justice, Superior Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal for Ontario.
Mr. Singh has experience in Dangerous Offender Applications, Impaired Driving, Drug Trafficking, Financial and Cyber Crimes, Bail Hearings, Domestic Assaults, Luring, Torture, Child Protection Applications, Children's Aid Society, Custody and Access and Mental Health cases.
Mr. Singh has been appointed Amicus counsel on criminal matters in both the Ontario and Superior Court of Justice for unrepresented accused persons and to cross examine witnesses at the preliminary inquiry and trial stage. He attends at hearings across Ontario including Hamilton, Brantford, Toronto, London, New Market, Barrie, Guelph, Sudbury, St. Catherines, Welland, Kingston, Oshawa and Brampton.
Mr Singh graduated from the University of Birmingham (LL.B), he received his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Windsor and Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm) from McMaster University.
Norman F. Williams
Mr. Williams is a seasoned litigator with a specialization in complex criminal and civil litigation. He has appeared on both Provincial and Federal matters at the trial and appeal levels, including murder, fraud and money laundering.
He is well renowned for his strategic, skillful and passionate advocacy such as in the case of R. vs. Cooper, which established a case of somnambulism in murder trials, and had set a dramatic precedent in Canadian Law.
Mr. Williams has been practicing law in Hamilton, Ontario having been called to the bar in 1971. He has graduated from Osgoode Law School after receiving a degree in history (B.A.) from Ithaca College in the United States of America.
Mr. Williams, affectionately called Norm by his clients, is now pleased to represent grandchildren of his clients dating back from the 1970's.
A video game director who maintained he was only tickling his 11-year-old victim was sentenced to six months in jail for sexual interference and unlawful confinement Thursday.
McCulloch pleaded not guilty to the charges. He told his lawyer, Vikram Singh, he intends to appeal the decision.
stcatharinesstandard.ca A video game director who maintained he was only tickling his 11-year-old victim was sentenced to six months in jail for sexual interference and forceable confinement Thursday.
Cross-examination by the defence was supposed to start Friday, but Anderson’s lawyer, Norman Williams, asked for an adjournment.
The case will return to court Jan. 28 to argue a defence application.
lfpress.com Testimony from a woman who says she was tortured by her roommates stalled Friday when the defence asked for time to review new information.
She started her testimony clinging to claims that she alone was responsible for her monstrous injuries from scalding water, lighter fluid and whippings.
But by the end of Thursday, the 29-year-old woman returned to much of her original testimony from an earlier trial — that her two roommates had tortured her routinely, punished her with pain and kept her locked away.
lfpress.com The instructions from her roommates were clear: if she ever saw a a doctor and was asked how she sustained gruesome burns and whip marks, the woman was supposed to say she did it to herself.
"The floodgates kept opening wider after that, leaving the court with two very different versions about what happened from the same witness."
intelligencer.ca The instructions from her roommates were clear: if she ever saw a doctor and was asked how she sustained burns and whip marks, the woman was supposed to say she did it to herself.
Earlier, Anderson’s lawyer, Norman Williams, challenged a ruling from the previous trial where the woman was allowed to testify through closed-circuit TV.
Williams told Superior Court, Justice Andrew Goodman, the woman indicates in a statement since the last trial that she, “was not afraid of the accused person but didn’t want to see them.”
“There’s no reason why she can’t be here, face to face, with the accused,” he said, because she is no longer fearful.
lfpress.com The storage closet had been scrubbed so clean it still smelled of pine-scented cleaner.
lfpress.com Almost two years after they were first convicted of torturing their intellectually delayed roommate with scalding water and beatings, a couple is back for their retrial – but this time there's a twist.
Re-trial begins for London couple charged with assaulting roommate
london.ctvnews.ca A London couple charged with confining and assaulting their roommate, who has a developmental delay, were back in court Monday.
"Singh repeatedly asked her to recall dates and details pertaining to police discussions, statements and events surrounding the assault and other situations.
She could remember some details when asked specifically, but not all."
stcatharinesstandard.ca A St. Catharines court heard conflicting dates and different versions of an event that prompted historical sex charges related to a girl.
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"Desharnais’s lawyer, Vikram Singh, told the court Desharnais had a rough childhood with sexual abuse, physical abuse and suicide attempts."
stcatharinesstandard.ca A wild ride in a stolen car landed a Welland man a two-year jail sentence.
"One of two people charged in a horrific case of alleged torture and confinement has been released on bail.
Cynthia Anderson, 38, who is charged along with her fiance Johnathon Rick, 39, was granted a release from custody after more than three years behind bars -- but under strict house arrest conditions."
lfpress.com One of two people charged in a horrific case of all alleged torture and confinement has been released on bail.
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"While the Crown was seeking to have Spilman classified a dangerous offender, Williams argued for a sentence of several months on top of time served (just over three years), and a 10-year long-term supervision order."
thesudburystar.com A Sudbury man with a long history of violence has been declared a dangerous offender.
Eugene Soucy, 49, appeared in court Monday and pleaded guilty to five sex-related charges including invitation to sexual touching and administering a stupefying drug.
lfpress.com A 49-year-old man arrested in a London hotel room was sentenced to two years behind bars Friday for luring two boys to a Niagara Falls hotel and forcing them to engage in sex acts while he watched in February 2012.
Oag — tall and rail-thin, with pale skin, long white hair and a beard that cascades to his chest — seemed unfazed as he sat, legs crossed, inside the prisoner’s dock during the ruling. Outside court, his lawyer, Norman Williams, said Oag plans to appeal.
“He’s not taking it well,” said Mr. Williams.
The lawyer said he had hoped Oag’s age, as well as his tenuous health, would result in a different ruling.
“He is as he looks,” Mr. Williams said of Oag. “Frail.”
durhamregion.com Donald Oag declared a dangerous offender
On Wednesday, defence lawyer, Norm Williams, will argue for a sentence of three months on top of time served (about 34 months), and a 10-year Long-Term Supervision Order.
In December, Jeff McMaster, a Toronto forensic psychiatrist, prepared a risk assessment on Spilman at Williams’ request. McMaster said Spilman is at a considerable risk to violently re-offend if he is released into the community without proper counselling and coping skills.
thesudburystar.com A Greater Sudbury man who is the target of a Dangerous Offender application has a long and violent criminal past, an Ontario Court of Justice hearing heard Tuesday.
"While the Crown is seeking to have Spilman classified a Dangerous Offender, Williams argued for a sentence of three months on top of time served (about 34 months), and a 10-year Long-Term Supervision Order."
thesudburystar.com A date for an Ontario Court Justice to give his decision in a Dangerous Offender Hearing in Greater Sudbury will be set April 17.
"Anderson has retained Hamilton lawyer Norman Williams, who told Superior Court Justice Andrew Goodman he will be reviewing the case file and transcript and preparing bail application before the couple’s next court appearance."
lfpress.com Two people charged with torturing their slightly intellectually-delayed roommate have switched lawyers before starting their second trial.
Glenn Sandberg in the Sandberg and Williams office in Sudbury, Ontario - office across from the Court House.
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In addition to duties as Regional Director of the Ontario Bar Association, I am pleased to be elected to the Board of the CLA of which I have been a member for the past 10 years.
I continue my criminal defense practice, throughout Ontario and beyond in my firm, SANDBERG and WILLIAMS.
Lawyer Glenn Sandberg, from our Sudbury Office, "Sandberg/Williams" represented MacIntyre in this case where her charge of being an accessory after the fact to murder was withdrawn.
saultstar.com A young Sault Ste. Marie woman admitted Monday she was one of the people who left a house party to purchase cleaning supplies after Wesley Hallam was murdered and dismembered at a downtown residence two years ago.
The five-day hearing for Derek Spilman, 30, was scheduled to wrap up Wednesday, but since the court ordered a Gladue report, it will continue March 25-26.
A Gladue report helps a judge with sentencing options for people of First Nation background.
Spilman's lawyer, Norm Williams, asked McMaster to prepare a risk assessment on his client.
A judge who hears a dangerous offender application can dismiss it and continue with regular sentencing.
thesudburystar.com A dangerous offender hearing will resume in the spring for a Greater Sudbury man awaiting sentencing for a vicious assault on a local woman almost three years ago.
“He is learnable, but he needs more time to learn?,” asked Williams.
“Yes, and to apply (those skills),” replied McMaster.
“It's difficult to learn when you are locked up in the penitentiary,” continued Williams.
thesudburystar.com Derek Spilman is at a considerable risk to violently re-offend if he gets released into the community without proper counselling and coping skills, a Toronto forensic psychiatrist testified Monday.
"Williams asked for and was granted a Jan. 21 return date for Spilman to argued his should client remain at the Sudbury Jail and not be transferred out to another institution while awaiting his hearing."
thesudburystar.com A lengthy hearing for a city man the Crown Attorney's office wants to the courts to declare a dangerous offender will get underway June 10.
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