WINNIPEG – A Winnipeg man originally convicted of sexually assault is officially free.
The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld an earlier decision to toss his conviction out because it took so long for the trial to happen.
Marlin Vandermeulen successfully argued it took the justice system too long to deal with his case.
He was arrested in 2010, accused of beating an raping his former girlfriend at a downtown hotel.
His trial didn’t happen until about three years later, which Manitoba’s court of Appeal ruled had violated his charter rights.
The Supreme Court has recently passed new guidelines – calling for all trials to be wrapped up within two and a half years moving forward.