A Calgary judge is being asked to throw out charges against three men accused in a string of grocery store robberies three years ago.
Lawyer Shamsher Kothari represents one of the accused. He tells Global News charges against their clients should be stayed because it’s taken too long get the case to trial.
“The charges ought to be stayed because there’s a 47-and-a-half, almost 48 month delay.” says Kothari. “And it’s wholly based on lack of disclosure, non-disclosure.”
The application to stay the charges is based on a Supreme Court ruling setting limits for how long a case should take.
It’s yet another case being challenged over court delays in the province, and many are fear this is the only beginning.
Calgary Police Chief Roger Chaffin tells Global News he fears this is the tip of the iceberg
“The problem is once it starts, how long is this going to go on for? How many cases? We’ll be finding out soon here just which ones are at risk, and try to manage each one on its own.”
Earlier this month a murder charge was stayed in Edmonton after it took over 62 months to get to trial; more than double what the Supreme Court ruling allows. (ms, News Talk 770, Global News)