GRR and his brother were the targets of a police undercover investigation that extended over the course of several months. The investigation encompassed the use of production orders germane to communication by text message, the interception of text messages, extensive surveillance, undercover meetings, photographs and recorded drug conversations, etc, etc. GRR was ultimately charged with a multitude of drug offences including conspiracy to traffic in cocaine, trafficking in multiple kilograms of marijuana and possession of proceeds of crime.
A Crown offer of a 2 year conditional sentence order in exchange for an early guilty plea (as opposed to a term of imprisonment of 3-5 years if convicted at the end of trial) was rejected and the matter scheduled for preliminary inquiry.
Through ongoing discussions with the Crown Patrick Fagan was successful in convincing the Crown that it had insurmountable witness problems [to put it delicately] which could bring the administration of justice into disrepute.
Bottom Line: The Crown did the right thing and killed the entire prosecution by directing a Stay of Proceedings is a legal term used to refer to a direction by a Crown prosecutor or a Judge to the Clerk of the Court to terminate a criminal prosecution. Click for more information..