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Ron Dalton spoke on behalf of Robert Mailman and Walter Gillespie leaving the Saint-Jean courthouse.
Ron Dalton spoke on their behalf. They are happy that this day has finally come, but we have to look at what happened and we have to resolve this issue. It's too late for these men. They will never regain the lost years.
He also deplores the fact that Gilman Leeman's family does not' ;will never get justice for his murder.
Innocence Canada did not wish to comment details of the legal proceedings Thursday afternoon, saying she will do so later.
L& However, the organization said serious questions need to be asked about the work of the Saint John police at the time, calling it a disgrace.
The organization explained that the badly bruised and partially burned body of George Gilman Leeman was found by a jogger in a wooded area in the Saint-Jean area in 1983.
< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">She claims that Robert Mailman and Walter Gillespie both had strong alibis with numerous witnesses who claimed both men were far from the crime scene on the day of murder.
Two eyewitnesses, however, testified for the Crown during the first trial. One of them, Josh Arnold Loeman, 18, signed an affidavit that was used in the Court of Appeal in 1988.
< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">In that affidavit, he recanted what he had initially told police about the murder.
The 18-year-old said his trial testimony was false and that the police made him testify after threatening to charge him and send him to prison.< /p>
However, in a letter later submitted to the Court of Appeal, Josh Arnold Loeman stated that this' #x27;was his retraction which was false and that he had done so to protect himself from threats made by those close to Robert Mailman.
The Court of Appeal concluded that this new evidence was not credible and dismissed the appeal.
With information from Aidan Cox, Louis-Philippe Trozzo and The Canadian Press
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