A settlement has been reached to avoid a hearing before Ontario’s top court on Tuesday, regarding a woman who argued to be recognized as a victim of crime for developing post-traumatic stress disorder after serving as a juror in a horrific murder trial.
A lawyer for the unidentified woman, who served as a juror in the trial of Michael Rafferty four years ago, has confirmed the case has been resolved.
Rafferty was found guilty of first degree murder, kidnapping and sexual assault causing bodily harm in May of 2012 in connection to the murder of Victoria Stafford. Rafferty is currently serving a sentence of life in prison following a failed appeal earlier this month.
The 57-year-old woman, whose name is protected by a court order, had argued she suffered psychological injury as a result of coming “face to face” with Rafferty’s horrific crimes, and wanted financial compensation as a victim of crime.
According to her lawyer, Barbara Legate of Legate and Associates LLP, there has been a “satisfactory resolution” in the appeal.
Legate said Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General has agreed to provide the juror with “some financial assistance” towards the expenses she incurred in getting treatment after Rafferty’s trial.
It was over seven years ago that Tori Stafford was kidnapped while walking home from school, raped and killed. Her body was found buried under rocks in a field near Mount Forest.