Closing arguments expected in Halifax voyeurism trial
Police in Newfoundland have issued a public advisory about Barry Sinclair, the man linked to the Halifax 'sleepwatcher' case.
Published Friday, November 9, 2012 12:47PM AST
Closing arguments are expected today in a high-profile voyeurism trial in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.
Barry Sinclair, 50, is accused of watching women and photographing them in their homes in Halifax’s south end.
In two cases, he is also accused of entering young women’s rooms while they slept.
Sinclair is charged with two counts of break and enter and five counts of voyeurism in connection with the incidents.
However, his lawyer did not offer a defence at the trial this week, saying it was unnecessary as there are enough holes in the Crown’s case.
“As is often the case with identification cases, the identification evidence just doesn’t add up,” says Defence attorney Luke Craggs.
The Crown asked the judge to consider the evidence in the break and enters as admissible for both cases. However, the judge denied that request.
“Certainly it’s not an unexpected decision as it would have been the exception to the rule and, from our perspective, simply a matter of reconfiguring the argument that we’ll make at the end of the day,” says Crown attorney Denise Smith.
This week, the court learned more about videos of women that were allegedly taken without their knowledge.
The court also heard that police seized women’s clothing, as well as tapes and video recording equipment, from Sinclair’s one-bedroom apartment in Dartmouth.
The video entered as evidence shows four different women, in varying degrees of undress, and also reveals intimate and personal details of their lives.
A clip of a cat chasing a ball in an apartment was also revealed in the video evidence. The person behind the lens is never shown; however, a man’s voice can be heard as he speaks to the pet.
The Crown suggested furniture seen on the videotape in the clip with the cat matched police photos of Sinclair’s apartment.
Five alleged victims in the case testified in court this week, including two women who say they awoke to find a strange man in their bedroom in September 2011.
Three women identified in the videos also testified.
The trial started Monday and is expected to wrap up today.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Kelland Sundahl