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Canada Mark Grant sues Crown, police for wrongful conviction in Candace Derksen murder

19:06  17 october  2019
19:06  17 october  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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Grant was wrongfully convicted in the 1984 death of Candace Derksen and spent over 10 years in Mark Edward Grant filed an .5-million lawsuit against the province and the Winnipeg police this Greenspon and Hill said Grant ’s life has been a nightmare since his original conviction in 2011.

The man who spent a decade behind bars for the murder of Winnipeg teen Candace Derksen is suing the police and the Crown prosecutors office for wrongful conviction.

The suit on behalf of Mark Edward Grant was filed on Wednesday.

It cites "negligent investigation, malicious prosecution, breach of his Charter rights and wrongful conviction."

Derksen was 13 when she went missing while walking home from her school, Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute, on Nov. 30, 1984, in the Elmwood area of the city.

Her frozen body was found almost seven weeks later in a brickyard storage shed near the Nairn Overpass, less than 500 metres from her family's home.

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Mark Grant , the man who spent a decade behind bars the murder of 13-year-old Winnipeg girl Candace Derksen , is suing the Manitoba government and City of

Mark Grant sues Crown , police for wrongful conviction in Candace Derksen murder . The man who spent a decade behind bars for the murder of Winnipeg teen Candace Derksen but was acquitted in a retrial is suing police and the Crown prosecutors office.The suit on behalf of Mark Edward Grant

a man sitting in a room: Mark Edward Grant is interviewed by police shortly after he was arrested in 2007. © Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Mark Edward Grant is interviewed by police shortly after he was arrested in 2007.

She was wrapped in blankets and her hands and feet were bound with twine. The cause of death was exposure.

Grant was charged in 2007 with murder and a jury found him guilty of second-degree murder after a trial in 2011.

A retrial was ordered after his defence team argued possible evidence of a different killer was improperly excluded from the first trial. In October 2017, the judge-only retrial found Grant not guilty.

He maintained his innocence throughout the decade he spent incarcerated, starting from his arrest.

a person posing for the camera: Candace Derksen was 13 when she went missing in the Elmwood area of the city. Her frozen body was found almost seven weeks later in a brickyard storage shed near the Nairn Overpass.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Candace Derksen was 13 when she went missing in the Elmwood area of the city. Her frozen body was found almost seven weeks later in a brickyard storage shed near the Nairn Overpass.

"Mark Grant has always had compassion for the loss suffered by the Derksen family, at one point saying to Candace's mother, Wilma, 'I'm sorry, but I didn't do it,'" says a news release from the office of Lawrence Greenspon, Grant's lawyer for the lawsuit.

A news conference is scheduled for Thursday afternoon at Greenspon's office in Ottawa.

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