Jan 14, 2009 10:20 AM
ST. JOHN'S, N.L.–A Newfoundland man serving a life sentence for drowning his two three-year-old girls failed to show up for a video feed from prison during his bid for an appeal.
Justice Clyde Wells of Newfoundland Supreme Court saw only an empty chair on the monitor instead of Nelson Hart during proceedings in St. John's on Tuesday.
Hart was convicted in 2007 on two counts of first-degree murder in the 2002 drownings of his daughters, Karen and Krista, at Gander Lake.
He is serving his sentence at the Atlantic Institution in Renous, N.B., and has no eligibility of parole for 25 years.
A Renous security officer went on the video feed to tell Wells that Hart had refused to appear.
Hart filed the appeal in 2007 but has delayed proceedings several times, mostly over complaints about his legal aid representation.
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