Friday, October 29, 2010

Toronto Grocer Not Guilty

Chinatown grocer, David Chen was acquitted today in a Toronto court on all criminal charges against him.

The retailer was charged with assault and forcible confinement after his May 2009 "citizen's arrest" of an admitted shoplifter who had repeatedly returned to steal goods from Mr. Chen's downtown Toronto supermarket.

The judge in the case ruled that the hour delay did not constitute two separate thefts, but one continuous attempt to steal. However, Justice Ramez Khawly also said there were problems with the testimony given by Chen and his co-accused, saying their statements appeared to contain many omissions, and it was difficult to find a reasonable chain of events.
While many cheered Mr. Chen's acquittal as a folk-hero's vindication, of sorts, at least one Toronto Star writer has a totally different take: Dimanno: Just what did that grocer plan to do with his shoplifter?
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto
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