Vancouverite convicted of human trafficking Filipino nanny wants new trial

  • Page Views 2598
  • human-trafficking

    The Province newspaper reported on December 5 that a Vancouver man found guilty of human trafficking for improperly bringing to B.C. a Filipino nanny is seeking a new trial. The newspaper reported that lawyers for Franco Orr were in court on that day arguing to overturn the conviction.

    Last year, Orr was found to have lured Leticia Sarmiento into Canada with  false promises so she would care for his three children. He was sentenced to 18 months in jail.

    Orr was convicted on three counts under Canada’s immigration laws, of human trafficking, employing a foreign national and misrepresenting facts to immigration officials. It was the first such human trafficking conviction in Canada.

    The Province newspaper reported that defence lawyer Terry La Liberte told a three judge panel of the B.C. Court of Appeal that there were a number of grounds of appeal that call for a new trial for Orr.

    The lawyer said the Crown’s opening statement to the jury on the issue of human trafficking was inflammatory and argued that the trial judge, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Richard Goepel, was wrong to have admitted into evidence the testimony of an expert Crown witness.

    La Liberte said that the jury’s decision not to convict Orr’s wife, Nicole Huen, on the same charges was also problematic.

    “It makes no sense why the jury would pick him and not her.”

    The Province reported that Crown counsel Todd Gerhart argued that the procedure for allowing the expert to testify as fair and appropriate and the judge made no errors. He noted that there were  no issues about the expert prior to the trial.

    Gerhart also said there was nothing wrong with the jury convicting Orr but not Huen because the evidence presented to the jury differed for the two accused. Both Huen and the victim were in the public gallery of the court watching the proceedings. Orr, who is on bail, was ordered to surrender himself into custody for Friday’s appeal hearing. It was expected he would be rereleased on bail at the end of the hearing.

    At trial, Orr was found to have lied to immigration  officials in order to bring the nanny to Canada from Hong Kong. Sarmiento testified that she was subjected to humiliating and degrading treatment at the Orr residence, but Justice Goepel found that the Crown had not proved those allegations.

    The panel is expected to give their ruling on the appeal at a later date.

    Share

    Related Post

    Related Blogpost

    Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 28 July 2022
      1 week ago No comment

      BBM states in SONA: “We will endure”

      President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. struck a hopeful note in his first State of the Nation Address or SONA on July 25, 2022. Marcos delivered his speech before a joint session of Congress, with Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri and House of Representatives Speaker Martin Romualdez behind him. “We ...

    • 28 July 2022
      1 week ago No comment

      Tips to Stay Cool and Safe During Extreme Heat

      Surrey, BC – With warmer than average temperatures arriving, the City of Surrey is reminding residents to take the necessary steps to stay safe in extreme heat, how to spot the signs of heat exhaustion, and where to find public pools, spray parks and air-conditioned civic facilities for heat ...

    • 21 July 2022
      2 weeks ago No comment

      Ed Lantin exhibit, Buto-Buto play showcase Filipino artistry in Vancouver

      Filipino artistry is once again in full display in Vancouver with two shows, and the Philippine Consulate General is at the forefront of promoting these events. One is the Edgardo Lantin Art Exhibit, and the second, a theatrical production titled “Buto/Buto: Bones are Seeds”. The Lantin art exhibit and ...

    • 14 July 2022
      3 weeks ago No comment

      “Heaven Can Wait”: ART ALAFRIZ

      To all of you who have shared my 84 year journey through life no matter how brief, I thank you for being part of it as every moment adds spice and color to a life I consider well lived. LIVING WITH CANCER June 16, 2022 at the Surrey Memorial ...

    • 07 July 2022
      1 month ago No comment

      88 Supermarket Celebrates Canada Day

      88 Supermarket celebrated Canada Day by giving away gift certificates and prizes plus a 2022 Mitsubishi RVR for their annual raffle. Present for the raffle was 88 Supermarket President and CEO Ken Chau, and General Manager Khalil Qureshi as well as James Green of Mitsubishi and Rey Fortaleza, official ...

    %d bloggers like this: