Nova Scotia

Appeals court overturns convictions against C.B. man

The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has overturned multiple convictions against a Cape Breton man from Dominion.

Joseph Melvin MacNeil was convicted last year of a series of assaults against a girl

The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has overturned multiple convictions against a man from Dominion.

Joseph Melvin MacNeil, 44, was convicted by Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Frank Edwards last year of a series of assaults against a girl starting when she was six and ending when she was 16.  

MacNeil was found guilty of sexual, sexual interference, unlawful confinement, uttering threats and common assault.  

The crimes took place in Dominion between 1989 and 1999.

MacNeil was sentenced to four years in prison.

In overturning the convictions, the appeal court said Edwards overlooked glaring inconsistencies between the accuser's testimony and that of other witnesses.  

The court said the judge chose to believe the accuser even when contradictory evidence was not challenged by the Crown.

The Crown will now have to decide if it wishes to retry the case.

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