Criminal Law

Hicks presents self-defence to answer manslaughter charge at trial

By Staff

In his opening address at a manslaughter trial in Kingston, Toronto criminal lawyer Christopher Hicks reminded the jury that his client is presumed innocent in law at that stage of the legal process, reports the Kingston Whig-Standard.

Hicks, a partner with Hicks Adams LLP, told the jury, as triers of fact in the case, that they're not in a position to conclude anything or draw any inferences yet, "because you haven't heard all of the evidence."

Hicks represents a man who is charged in connection with causing the death of a 55-year-old Collins Bay Institution inmate. The man was taken out of the prison on a gurney in medical crisis on the evening of July 26, 2015, says The Whig. He later died in hospital.

Court also heard that the man charged in the death was also an inmate at the prison at the time, says the newspaper.

Hicks urged the jury to remember that they are free to accept all, none or part of the evidence of witnesses, including expert witnesses and that "there is no presumption that anybody is telling the truth."

He also told the court that he, on behalf of his client, would be advancing self-defence, "who struck whom first," in answer to the manslaughter charge.

The court heard that the deceased man had some serious pre-existing health problems and “all of them are believed to have contributed to his body's inability to stop bleeding after his surgery,” reports the Whig-Standard in another article.

Hicks told the court that the decline in the man’s condition after his operation was like dominoes falling, says the newspaper.

The trial is taking place at the Frontenac County Courthouse in Kingston.

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