Nfld. & Labrador

Nelson Hart appeal argued before Supreme Court of Canada

The Supreme Court of Canada heard an appeal Tuesday from Crown prosecutors who are trying to prevent the overturning of a guilty verdict against a father convicted of killing his twin daughters.

The Supreme Court of Canada heard an appeal Tuesday from Crown prosecutors who are trying to prevent the overturning of a guilty verdict against a father convicted of killing his twin daughters.

Nelson Hart was convicted of murder in the 2002 drowning deaths of his three-year-old daughters, Krista and Karen, at Gander Lake.

However, the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court of Appeal ordered a new trial, throwing out evidence collected through an undercover police sting, known as the "Mr. Big" scenario.

RCMP investigators captured Hart on videotape telling an undercover officer — whom Hart believed was a crime boss who wanted to hire him — that he was responsible for drowning his daughters.

The Court of Appeal also ruled that Hart should have been allowed to testify in a closed court.

The Crown is asking the Supreme Court of Canada to dismiss the lower court's ruling, and restore Hart's conviction and automatic life sentence.

Hart remains in custody and is facing unrelated assault charges.

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