Updated: Jan 4
Statement on Behalf of a Client
For immediate release: November 29, 2022
In the Ontario Court of Justice today, the Crown Attorney and defence counsel set a sentencing date of August 28, 2023 for Lindsey Coyle, the former nurse who killed elderly patient Hermina Fletcher in hospital in Fort Frances in January 2015.
That sentencing date is a full year after Coyle entered her guilty plea, over 4 years after she was charged, and almost 9 years after she killed Mrs. Fletcher. Coyle has been allowed to live freely in the community this entire time.
It is unclear if Coyle has even had to contest a bail hearing, despite breaching bail conditions. Based on comments in court today, it appears that the pre-sentencing report for Coyle is still not complete. That was the excuse for the last sentencing delay, on October 25, 2022.
Having already agreed to an insulting plea bargain for Ms. Coyle's heinous and disgusting actions, how much longer is the Crown going to delay justice for Mrs. Fletcher's surviving family? How many more excuses will be made in the prosecution of these serious and disturbing crimes?
Douglas W. Judson