Manitoba’s highest court has ordered a new trial in the case of a man convicted of killing his gay lover, ruling jurors were not adequately cautioned about the phenomenon of false confessions.
Michael Pearce was found guilty of manslaughter in the 2007 bludgeoning death of 36-year-old Stuart Mark and sentenced in 2012 to seven years in prison.
Prosecutors alleged Pearce flew into a rage after learning Mark was HIV-positive and beat him with a golf club at Mark’s Alfred Avenue home.
Defence lawyer Kathy Bueti argued at trial police manipulated Pearce while he was in a vulnerable state and squeezed a false confession from him.
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