An Ontario government lawyer says the director of Sunrise Propane seemed to know the company was acting illegally before a devastating blast in a north Toronto neighbourhood.
In closing arguments, the lawyer said Sunrise director Shay Ben-Moshe gave “troubling” and misleading statements to police following the explosion in August 2008.
Sunrise, Mr. Ben-Moshe and fellow director Valery Belahov face numerous provincial-offences charges in relation to the blast that killed an employee and rained damaging debris on the surrounding neighbourhood.
Mr. Ben-Moshe’s lawyer has blamed the incident on malfunctioning equipment due to a manufacturing error.
But the government says it was caused by a leak during a risky truck-to-truck gas transfer that Sunrise had been told to stop.
The Crown lawyer said today there is no evidence to support any suggestion by Mr. Ben-Moshe that he somehow had permission for the transfers.