Appeal in murder case set for October

Crown believes judge was wrong to acquit Ray Newman

Rosie Mullaley
Published on June 24, 2014
Raymond Gerard Newman was acquitted of second-degree murder in the death of Chrissy Predham-Newman in November 2012. A hearing to argue the Crown’s appeal has been set for Oct. 22.
— Telegram file photo

The appeal for Raymond Gerard Newman — the St. John’s man who was acquitted in 2012 of murdering his estranged wife — has been scheduled to be heard this fall.

Crown prosecutor Iain Hollett and defence lawyer Mike King were at the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal in St. John’s to decide a date for a hearing to present arguments.

The hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 22.

Newman was charged with murdering 28-year-old Chrissy Predham-Newman. Her body was found in her Airport Heights apartment in St. John’s on Jan. 21, 2007. She had been stabbed numerous times and her throat was slit.

Ray Newman was arrested and charged in June 2009 after a 2 1/2-year police investigation.

However, in November 2012, he was acquitted of second-degree murder after most of the evidence in the case was thrown out in pre-trial applications, leaving the Crown no choice but to cease proceedings.

The judge also had some harsh criticism of the police.

Justice James Adams concluded that Royal Newfoundland Constabulary investigators violated Newman’s Charter rights while questioning him and unlawfully obtained search warrants for sites where the evidence in the case was discovered.

“This egregious police behaviour was further compounded by self-serving, disingenuous and incredible testimony from the police in the application to exclude his statement,” Adams wrote in his decision at that time.

The Crown filed an appeal shortly afterwards. It took months for the court to prepare transcripts from the numerous pre-trial proceedings.

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