Court rejects provocation defence in husbands murder conviction

The Toronto Star


OTTAWA – Finding your spouse in bed with another man or woman may send you into a murderous rage, but it doesn’t mean you can get away with murder, the Supreme Court of Canada says.

In a 7-0 ruling Friday, the high court rejected an Edmonton man’s use of the defence of “provocation” to justify a 2004 stabbing spree.

He had discovered his estranged wife and her lover in bed together, viciously stabbed the man, and slashed her.

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