With all the focus on the the acquittal of Jian Ghomeshi in a Toronto courtroom today, another courtroom decision is being largely overlooked — and may barely get a mention in national news broadcasts today.
A man, Andre Noel Denny, was sentenced in a Nova Scotia court to 8 years in the death of a prominent gay rights activist, Raymond Taavel.
But as the CBC reports: “After spending nearly four years in custody following his arrest, and receiving one-and-half times credit for it, Denny has a little under two years left to serve.”
In other words, he will serve fewer than 6 years for killing Taavel.
Because Denny has mental problems, he will serve his time in a hospital for people with mental issues, and will spend an additional three years there on probation.
Denny had originally been charged with second-degree murder for the brutal beating — for no apparent reason — of Taavel, but the charge was reduced to manslaughter.
The incident happened after Denny went AWOL from aforementioned hospital and had consumed alcohol and crack cocaine.
Has justice been served in this case?
Let’s all remember Raymond Taavel today, and honour him in our ways for his work on behalf of LGBTQ people.
May he rest in peace.
— Jillian Page