BR CRIME Girl Killed – CP

by ahnationtalk on March 14, 2018212 Views

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Mar 14, 2018

WINNIPEG – Family and Indigenous leaders are aghast that the Manitoba Crown will not appeal the acquittal of the man who was accused of killing 15-year-old Tina Fontaine.

Prosecutors said only errors in law can be appealed and they didn’t find any.

A jury found Raymond Cormier not guilty last month of second-degree murder in the Indigenous girl’s death.

Her body was pulled from the Red River in 2014.

Tina was raised by her great-aunt, Thelma Favel, on the Sagkeeng First Nation.

Favel says the decision not to appeal made her feel as awful as the day the girl’s body was found.

She says it is like the legal system doesn’t care about Tina.

Grand Chief Sheila North, who represents First Nations in northern Manitoba, says the lack of an appeal is just another example of how the justice system failed Tina.

Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations spoke of the need to overhaul the legal system.

But defence lawyer Anthony Kavanagh says the jury did its job honourably and justice was done.

(The Canadian Press, CTV Winnipeg)

(The Canadian Press)


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