Court refuses to hear Ottawa manslaughter case that turns on police statements

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada will not interfere with an appeal court's decision to order a new trial for a man convicted of manslaughter.

Sam Tsega was found guilty three years ago of helping three others plan a 2010 home invasion in Ottawa's west end that resulted in the shooting death of a 19-year-old.

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Tsega was charged after two of the alleged home invaders implicated him in statements to the police.

Although the co-accused refused to testify at his trial, the judge admitted the police statements into evidence.

In February, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled the statements inadmissible and ordered a new trial for Tsega, prompting the Crown to appeal to the Supreme Court.

As usual the high court gave no reason for refusing to hear the case.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 14, 2019.

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