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Sunday, October 27, 2013

A Great Day In Justice News: Barrie Ontario cop in mall beating denied bail while appealing conviction




 QMI- BARRIE 

 - A judge has rejected a jailed police officer’s bid for bail while he appeals his conviction.
Const. Jason Nevill, of the Barrie police department, was sentenced last week to one year in prison for assault causing bodily harm and fabricating evidence in the brutal beating of an innocent man at a mall on Nov. 20, 2011.
The victim, Jason Stern, 25, was taken to hospital with a concussion, cuts and bruises. The entire incident was captured on video.

A judge on Tuesday refused to let the officer out on bail while waiting for his appeal to be heard at Ontario’s high court, stating it was not in the public’s interest.
Defence lawyer David Butt argued that Nevill should get less time in jail because he faces danger there.
“Jail is a particularly dangerous place for police officers,” he said. “There are a number of people who hate police officers in our jails.”
In appealing his client’s verdict, Butt contends that the trial judge did not give enough consideration to a defence witness, a martial arts and police-use-of-force expert who testified the use of force used on the victim was justified.
Butt has also appealed the sentence, which he claims is too harsh.
“One ground of appeal is that the sentence imposed is outside the usual range for similar offences,” Butt said. He added it’s possible Nevill will be able to apply for bail again.

Correctional services ministry spokesman Brent Ross said prison authorities have an obligation to ensure the well-being of inmates.
“As such, the ministry has policies and procedures in place to protect high-profile inmates within our custody, including police officers,” he added.
The victim’s father, David Stern, applauded the judge’s decision to deny Nevill’s release on bail.
“Justice has been done,” said Stern. “Although I don’t know why the verdict could be appealed in the first place — the video is there from start to finish.”
Nevill will be eligible for parole after serving one-third of his sentence.
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