Supreme Court to hear N.L. case of father convicted of drowning daughters


OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear a Crown appeal in the case of a Newfoundland man sentenced to life in prison after his two daughters drowned.

The Crown is asking the justices to overturn an appeal court ruling that ordered a new trial for Nelson Hart.

He was found guilty in 2007 of first-degree murder in the deaths of three-year-old twins Karen and Krista on Aug. 4, 2002, at Gander Lake in central Newfoundland.

Last fall, the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal ruled 2-1 that a confession Hart gave during an elaborate undercover RCMP operation should not have been entered as evidence.

The appeal judges were divided on the key question of whether the confession obtained during the so-called “Mr. Big” sting was the result of improper conduct that violated Hart’s rights.

As usual in applications for leave, the Supreme Court gave no reasons for agreeing to hear the case.

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