Skip to main content

Glen Assoun is seen outside the Supreme Court, in Halifax, in a July 12, 2019, file photo.

Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press

Nova Scotia’s police watchdog agency is asking its British Columbia equivalent to assist in probing whether officers broke the law when evidence was destroyed in the case of a wrongfully convicted man.

Felix Cacchione, director of the Serious Incident Response Team, says he expects the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. will begin working on the Glen Assoun case after the province’s attorney-general gives formal approval following the Oct. 24 B.C. provincial election.

Assoun was imprisoned for almost 17 years and lived under strict parole conditions for almost five more before a Nova Scotia Supreme Court ruling in March 2019 reversed his 1999 conviction for the murder of Brenda Way in Halifax.

Story continues below advertisement

Cacchione says the mandate is to investigate the actions of a joint RCMP-Halifax police unit after evidence collected by former RCMP Const. Dave Moore was destroyed or went missing.

Last year, a federal Justice Department report revealed members of the unit destroyed the constable’s database of information about other suspects in Way’s murder.

It’s alleged the evidence went missing before Assoun’s 2006 appeal hearing, which he lost.

Way was found with her throat slashed in a Dartmouth, N.S., parking lot in November 1995. The crime remains unsolved.

Our Morning Update and Evening Update newsletters are written by Globe editors, giving you a concise summary of the day’s most important headlines. Sign up today.

Follow related topics

Report an error
Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback@globeandmail.com. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters@globeandmail.com.

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff.

We aim to create a safe and valuable space for discussion and debate. That means:

  • Treat others as you wish to be treated
  • Criticize ideas, not people
  • Stay on topic
  • Avoid the use of toxic and offensive language
  • Flag bad behaviour

Comments that violate our community guidelines will be removed.

Read our community guidelines here

Discussion loading ...

To view this site properly, enable cookies in your browser. Read our privacy policy to learn more.
How to enable cookies