Admitted killer gets bail after 7 years while he waits for new trial
A man who admitted to fatally shooting a person in the back on a street outside a child's birthday party has won bail after almost seven years in custody.
In its decision Thursday, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that keeping Robert Hope in prison pending a new second-degree murder trial, as the prosecution wanted, would be an affront to public confidence in justice.
Hope, then 26, of Fort Erie, Ont., was convicted of second-degree murder in March 2013 for killing Tyrone Johnston — a man known for unprovoked violence — using an illegal firearm in Niagara Falls. He was given life without parole for 11 years.