R. v. S.A. [Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, Calgary, September 2017]

911 dispatchers received a call from a woman screaming that her son and husband had been stabbed to death. Police, EMS and Calgary Fire arrived to confront a nightmarish scene. Three men were found with multiple stab wounds in the basement of a residential home, one partially disembowelled. Two of the men were deceased, one (the accused) was alive but suffered significant injuries. Witnesses told the police that the accused was the aggressor and he was arrested and charged with two counts of second degree murder under section 235 of the Criminal Code. The Crown sought the denial of S.A.’s bail and his detention in custody.

BOTTOM LINE: Ms. Fagan sought, and obtained her client’s release on reasonable terms.