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lfpress.com

Couple guilty of assault, acquitted of torture

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

lfpress.com

Defence delivers final pitches at torture trial

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.

lfpress.com

Brother’s story changes, too

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.

lfpress.com

Roommate denies abuse

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.

torontosun.com

Retrial in London, Ont. torture case begins

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.

stcatharinesstandard.ca

Man sentenced for sex offences against child

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.

lfpress.com

Woman blames roommates again

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.

lfpress.com

Torture trial hears different versions

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.

intelligencer.ca

Woman now says wounds weren't self inflicted

"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.

lfpress.com

Site of alleged torture described at retrial

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

Torture retrial starts with a twist

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.

london.ctvnews.ca

Re-trial begins for London couple charged with assaulting roommate

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.

stcatharinesstandard.ca

Court hears two versions in sex assault case

"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.

stcatharinesstandard.ca

Wild ride in stolen car leads to jail sentence

"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.

lfpress.com

Torture suspect released on bail

"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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thesudburystar.com

Violent offender in Sudbury gets 10 years

"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.

lfpress.com

Sex offender gets two years

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.

durhamregion.com

Assault on Oshawa woman leads to indefinite term for lifetime criminal

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

thesudburystar.com

Sudbury man has violent history: Crown

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.

thesudburystar.com

Dangerous Offender hearing in Sudbury concludes

"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.

lfpress.com

New lawyers will handle torture retrial

"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.

saultstar.com

Woman helped clean up in Hallam murder

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.

thesudburystar.com

Dangerous offender hearing to resume in spring

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.

thesudburystar.com

Violent criminal considerable risk to reoffend

“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.

thesudburystar.com

Crown aims to classify man as dangerous offender

"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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