MONTREAL — The Montreal police officer who was first on the scene in the slaying of a woman in 2012 says he’s outraged that proceedings against the woman’s husband aren’t going ahead due to the long delay in bringing the case to trial.
On Thursday, a Quebec Superior Court judge ruled that Sivaloganathan Thanabalasingam would not be tried for the death of his wife Anuja Baskaran because too much time had passed since his arrest on the allegation against him.
Thanabalasingam, now 31, was arrested in August 2012 and spent 56 months in jail without a trial, which is almost double the ceiling set out in a Supreme Court ruling referred to as the “Jordan decision.”
His is the first murder charge in Quebec to be placed under a stay of proceedings since the high court decision was delivered last summer. The ruling set a deadline of up to 30 months in superior courts and 18 months for cases at the provincial level.
“I’m outraged,” said Montreal police officer Hugues Olivier. “It doesn’t make sense.”