This is an interesting trial on the Mainland.
The 13-year-old girl who Ibrahim Ali is accused of murdering in a British Columbia park wasn't the “innocent” depicted in a “rose-coloured” portrayal by the Crown at trial, his lawyer says.
Kevin McCullough told a B.C. Supreme Court jury in his closing arguments that the version of the girl's lifestyle presented by the Crown is “at best, a partial picture” or “at worst, a lie.”
He said Crown witnesses who could speak to her character, including the girl's mother, were often not the closest people to the girl and were often contradictory in their testimony about her behaviour.
He said the jury heard testimony that the girl often avoided her mom's phone calls, liked to “endlessly ride SkyTrain” alone and sometimes fell asleep in the park.
Prominent Victoria lawyer Kevin McCullough is representing the accused. It'll be interesting to see what the jury comes up with. It certainly cannot help the case that the accused did not take the stand - not that he is required to do so. And I'm not sure if the defence offered up an alternate theory as to how the girl died.
Not sure also how they came to arrest that particular suspect.
How about this twist:
He said the Crown had promised in opening statements that a sexual assault expert would “link the sexual assault to the killing.”
“The Crown either decided not to call the evidence or could not find the expert to say it,” he said.
“Now the Crown is asking you to make the leap in logic without that sexual assault expert.”
The jury did hear from a sexual assault expert who testified that the teen’s injuries strongly indicated that she had been sexually assaulted, but Dr. Tracy Pickett’s testimony under cross-examination was never completed.
Pickett, a specialist in emergency and clinical forensic medicine, was found dead on Sept. 28.
On Nov. 7, Justice Lance Bernard instructed the jury to disregard Pickett’s testimony and to resist all speculation into her death.
In the days leading up to her disappearance, she was testifying in a B.C. murder trial.
Vancouver police said preliminary evidence doesn’t suggest she died of a crime. They would not comment if she died by suicide, adding it is now a BC Coroner Service investigation.
Dr. Khazei said it is unlikely that she would’ve taken her own life.
“She was the medical director of a sexual assault service. She was a champion of helping victims of these horrible crimes gain closure and justice. So to leave a case halfway through that would be really out of character that would really surprise me that she would do that as a choice,” he explained.
Pickett leaves behind her husband and two adult daughters.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 04 December 2023 - 06:28 AM.