Case reopened for B.C. man convicted of rapes

Updated Tue. Jan. 13 2009 1:53 PM ET

The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER -- A B.C. man who says he spent 25 years in prison for a series of rapes he didn't commit will get his day in court.

The B.C. Appeal Court has reopened the case of Ivan Henry after his lawyer argued his client was wrongfully convicted.

Henry was convicted in 1983 of three counts of rape, two counts of attempted rape and five counts of indecent assault in attacks on eight women in Vancouver.

Lawyer David Layton has told the court that police and the trial judge made serious errors in the case.

Layton said that in 2002, police investigating the case of convicted serial killer Robert Pickton unearthed new information to suggest another man, not Henry, may have been involved in the attacks.

A Crown lawyer agreed Henry's appeal should be reopened because of the many flaws that came to light in a review ordered last year by the B.C. attorney general.