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Judge gives final instructions to jury in trial involving 12-year-old B.C. girl's murder

A British Columbia Supreme Court judge says jurors will need to use their common sense in assessing the reliability of an alleged confession by a man accused of killing a 12-year-old girl. Garry Taylor Handlen has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder of Monica Jack whose remains were found 17 years later near Merritt.

Murder conviction hinges on a so-called Mr. Big sting used to build case against accused Garry Taylor Handlen

Monica Jack disappeared in May 1978 while riding her bicycle between Merritt and her home on the tiny Quilchena reserve. Garry Taylor Handlen is on trial for her murder. (RCMP)

A British Columbia Supreme Court judge says jurors will need to use their common sense in assessing the reliability of an alleged confession by a man accused of killing a 12-year-old girl.

In final instructions to the jury, Justice Austin Cullen says an undercover police officer posing as a crime boss provided financial and social inducements to Garry Handlen, but the man was never threatened.

Handlen has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder of Monica Jack near her home in Merritt in 1978.

Her remains were found 17 years later, near where Handlen told the supposed crime boss that he sexually assaulted and killed her.

The RCMP began a so-called Mr. Big sting in early 2014, falsely telling Handlen police had DNA linking him to Jack's murder and witnesses could place him at the crime scene but "things could be done to take care of it" if he told the truth.

The trial began in October, and jurors are expected to start deliberations on Monday.