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Canada: Vancouver Judge acquits brothers in attack on gay couple

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  1. Really disappointed this case has ended in an acquittal. Shame on the Crown for not doing a better job. They are now given the opportunity to go out and do this again with more confidence than the first time.

    1. If you were able to prove it was them, why weren’t you in court as a witness? Shame on you. It must be your fault.

      Or maybe you think we should just lock people up who look like criminals even though we cannot be sure they are.

      Either you know something the judge didn’t or you are talking through your ar*e.

      Typical Daily Mail comment.

  2. Who, exactly, is this unnamed judge who hides behind annonimty while allowing criminals to go free??? Why isn’t this judge’s name available? The police constable already said this was being treated as a hate crime. What a coward and/or a religious zealot sitting on the bench who should be disbarred and removed from the bench. Justice dispensed from this individual??? Hardly and now these 2 animals are released and emboldened to do it again.

    1. That There Other David 15 Jan 2013, 10:24am

      Innocent until proven guilty!! The judge has not disputed that this was a hate crime, only that the people brought before him cannot not shown without doubt to have carried it out.

      The burden of proof in any court of law is always on the prosecution. If you want to blame anyone for the judge’s decision (and are sure that the two accused were indeed those that carried out the attack) then blame the prosecutors. They should have built a better case to show that the two brothers in the dock were indeed the perpetrators. As they didn’t then we cannot assume them to be the guilty parties.

      1. That There Other David 15 Jan 2013, 10:26am

        cannot be instead of cannot not….which would be nonsense as well as appalling grammar of the highest order….

  3. There has to be questions over the prosecutions’ case against these men. They should have done their job better, too. So many perpetrators of crimes avoid sentencing because evidence “beyond a reasonable doubt” has not been presented. Very sad for the victims.

    1. Quite right, if anybody should be blamed and if they were the pepetrators, it is the prosecution that is to blame.

    2. Cardinal Capone 15 Jan 2013, 11:04am

      It can’t have helped the court case that one of the key witnesses died last April. Maybe if the prosecution hadn’t taken 2 years the outcome might have been different, however, these men have to be assumed innocent if there is insufficient identity evidence.

  4. Yeah, fair enough, case not proven, innocent until proven guilty.

    Now, are we investigating the police involved in this matter for shoddy work.

    Are we opening up the case files again to find out who really did do it, if it wasn’t this particular pair?

  5. Appalling that whoever did this went free. IF it was the two on trial then it’s even more disgraceful that they got off. But presumably all correct procedures were observed, ID parades etc.

  6. A sad and frustrating but understandable outcome. Identification evidence is always precarious, especially, as seems to be the case here, when there is no other demonstrable connection between the victims and the alleged perpetrators.
    Whatever has happened here, we must never let our natural outrage at such cases weaken our belief in the presumption of innocence.

  7. It’s quite amazing how many of the people involved in this trial are readers who comment in Pink News. Even more amazing that they all have such fine legal minds they are better versed in the justice system that this Vancouver Judge. I am a bit concerned that these people seem to think being accused of a crime is an indication of guilt, but what do I know? Perhaps we could have just saved everyone a huge amount of time by taking these two out into the town square and hanging them from a crane or a lamp post, like they do in Iran.

  8. Velvet Steele 15 Jan 2013, 4:49pm

    knowing the victims personally, RIP David! They knew and would not have persued this to the level they did had they not know it was the same who beat them leaving them with staples in the scalp among other injuries! I am truly dumb founded! But having been through my own assault here in Vancover, the Vancouver court system does not surprise me at all!!! So saddened for them!

  9. Note to self, cancel that vacation to Vancouver, Canada or as they call it Hongcouver, Canada.

  10. This is all America’s fault!

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