Sexual assault-related charges against Sarnia’s former fire chief have been overturned and new trials have been ordered following a decision from the Court of Appeal.
The decision comes roughly a year and a half after Pat Cayen was sentenced to five years in jail in May, 2015 on 33 charges related to four alleged victims.
Phil Millar represents Cayen and tells AM980 the charges stem from allegations dating back roughly a decade, and separate allegations dating back roughly four decades.
“Essentially the trial was run, they mixed them both together, the judge found it was all the allegations together that allowed him to convict. So that, in my opinion, was unfair, broke a lot of legal precedent. We appealed it. Got in front of the Court of Appeal last week and they released their decision today, overturning all of his convictions and ordering new, separate trials,” Millar explains.
“He’s on bail and I’m going to apply to have a change of venue, move it out of Sarnia. He was Sarnia fire chief, we did the trial there, there was publication of the conviction and now there’s an appeal so I think we’re going to move it, I’m going to try to move it to London in hopes of him getting an impartial jury here.”
Millar adds that he will continue to represent his client to the end, despite Cayen filing for bankruptcy.