Candace Derksen verdict overturned
The Manitoba Court of Appeal overturned the February 2011 guilty verdict in the Candace Derksen murder case, ruling Mark Grant didn’t receive a fair trial. Derksen was abducted Nov. 30, 1984, tied up with twine, and left in a shed, where her body was found Jan. 17, 1985. DNA from the twine was a maternal match to Grant. The Appeal Court said Justice Glenn Joyal was wrong to exclude jurors from hearing testimony from a Winnipeg woman who recanted her 1985 report of being kidnapped in similar fashion when Grant was incarcerated on other charges. Derksen’s mother Wilma founded MCC Canada’s Victims’ Voice Program and Child Find Manitoba.