A 12-year-old fraud case involving real estate developer Myles-Leger and two of its employees has finally come to an end. The Crown has decided it will not continue with its appeal of a Supreme Court judge’s decision to stay charges against former company director Bill Clarke, and the company’s former bookkeeper, Terrence Reardon. The appeal, filed in February 2016, was withdrawn Monday.
Crown prosecuto; no chance of winning
Crown prosecutor Ian Hollett said there is no chance of winning the appeal given a recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling that says trials in provincial supreme courts must start no later than 30 months after charges are laid. Hollett said it took 39 months from the time Clarke and Reardon were charged to get the case going in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador Trial Division.
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