Lawyer for exonerated man seeks review of other alleged Bernardo crimes
A legal group that engineered the exoneration of Anthony Hanemaayer - an
Ontario man convicted of a 1987 sex attack committed by Paul Bernardo - has
demanded a police investigation into other crimes that Mr. Bernardo may have
"There needs to be a full investigation of all crimes Paul Bernardo may
have committed during his reign of terror in the late 1980s and early
1990s," said James Lockyer, a lawyer for the Association in Defence of the
"It is surely apparent to the people of Ontario and Canada that the Paul
Bernardo story is not over," Mr. Lockyer told a press conference shortly
after Mr. Hanemaayer was acquitted of breaking and entering, and assault in
the old case. "There may be more Anthony Hanemaayers out there."
Mr. Lockyer said that police have consistently deluded themselves into
thinking Mr. Bernardo had a distinct modus operandi in the way he stalked
and attacked women.
"The sooner we understand that and conduct a real investigation of his
crimes, the sooner we can clear up whether there have been more miscarriages of
justice in Ontario," he said.
Earlier yesterday, Ontario Court of Appeal Judge Marc Rosenberg told a packed
Toronto courtroom that it was "profoundly regrettable" that Mr. Hanemaayer lost
two years of his life due to a malfunctioning justice system.
Judge Rosenberg said that the "lessons to be learned" from the miscarriage of
justice in the case are so important that the court intends to produce written
reasons at a later date.
"When mistakes such as this are brought to the court's attention, it is
imperative ... that we do what we can to correct them," Judge Rosenberg said.
In a submission to the court, Mr. Lockyer urged the judges to use their
ruling to illustrate the shortcomings of eyewitness testimony. The Hanemaayer
case was a "textbook example" of the problem, he said, since the only evidence
was an identification by the victim's mother - who still clings to the belief
that she was right.
Mr. Hanemaayer, 40, wiped away tears during the hearing, and later told
reporters that without AIDWYC's intervention, "I probably would have gone to my
grave with that charge stuck to my record."
Mr. Hanemaayer refused to criticize the victim's mother, offering a public
statement to her: "I'm sorry, but it was not me," he said. "There is only one
person who did this, and he has confessed to it."
Partway through his trial in 1989, Mr. Hanemaayer pleaded guilty in order to
secure a lenient plea bargain. Upon completing his prison sentence of two years
less a day, he heard no more about the case until two police officers arrived at
his door in 2006 to question him about his recollections.
They did not tell him that Mr. Bernardo had confessed to 19 rapes or sexual
offences that remained unsolved - including the one for which Mr. Hanemaayer had
In early 2007, the Crown forwarded Mr. Bernardo's confession to defence
lawyers for Robert Baltovich, who was convicted in the murder of Scarborough
student Elizabeth Bain, his former girlfriend. Mr. Baltovich's lawyers were
planning to point to Mr. Bernardo as being Ms. Bain's real killer.
Mr. Lockyer said yesterday that police interviews with Mr. Bernardo were so
inadequate that further, skillful questioning could reveal more, useful details.
He also urged police to reopen their investigation into the murder of Ms.
Bain - who AIDWYC believes was murdered by Mr. Bernardo. Last month, the Crown
conceded that Mr. Baltovich should be acquitted in her murder.
Ontario Attorney-General Chris Bentley refused to comment yesterday on
whether there had been undue delays in informing Mr. Hanemaayer that Mr.
Bernardo had confessed to the sex attack.