RNC chief pleased Crown to appeal Newman acquittal

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The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary's chief says he is pleased Crown prosecutors intend to appeal pre-trial application decisions that led to an acquittal being entered today on the murder charge in the case of Raymond Gerald Newman.

Newman was acquitted at Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John's this morning after Crown prosecutors said, that because of evidence deemed not admissable during pre-trial hearings, there was no possibility of a conviction in the case.

Chief Robert Johnston told members of the media that the Newman case should not be compared to past incidents of wrongful convictions in the province, as most of those cases involved a "rush to judgement," as he characterized it.

Chrissy Predham-Newman's body was found in her Airport Heights apartment on Jan. 21, 2007. Raymond Newman was arrested in July 2009.

Johnston expressed sympathy for the family of Predham-Newman.

For more on this story, read Thursday's edition of The Telegram.



Organizations: Newfoundland Supreme Court, Airport Heights

Geographic location: St. John's

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