Thursday, July 19, 2012

Bulletin: Leighton Hay; Supreme Court allows appeal in 2002 Toronto murder. Case involves forensic hair testing issue. Toronto Star.

STORY: "Supreme Court allows appeal of conviction in 2002 Toronto murder," by reporter Peter Edwards, published in the Toronto Star on July 18, 2012.

GIST: "A Toronto man convicted in the 2002 execution-style murder of a beloved member of the local Guyanese community has won the right to appeal from Canada’s top court. The decision to grant an appeal to Leighton Hay in one of the city’s most notorious cases of the past decade was announced on Thursday morning by the Supreme Court of Canada.........In their successful arguments for an appeal, Hay’s lawyers said that recent forensic testing on hairs found in his apartment prove he’s innocent of the July 2002 execution-style murder of Colin Moore, 51. The Crown had argued that Hay shaved his head shortly after the murder to thwart identification. Police discovered hair clippings, wrapped in a newspaper, in his house. Hay’s defense team spearheaded recent forensic testing on the hairs. The testing suggested there is a roughly 90 per cent certainty the clippings were facial hairs and not from his head, which would undermine the theory that he shaved his head after the shooting to fool police. Neither the prosecution nor defense sought to have the hairs tested at the original trial. Hay, who was 19 at the time of the murder, is serving a life term and has been in prison for the past decade. “The fresh evidence has changed the case for and against the applicant dramatically,” Hay’s defense team of James Lockyer, Philip Campbell and Joanne McLean argued. “If the haircut occurred, the applicant is likely guilty. If it did not, he is surely innocent. A verdict which did not consider the fresh evidence is unreliable and should not be upheld.”

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