Kevin Joshua Neil acted in self defence judge rules

A 23-year-old Nova Scotia man has beaten a charge of attempted murder after he shot a man who was driving towards him.

Kevin Joshua Neil was charged with attempted murder and six other offences arising from an incident in the early morning hours of Aug. 6, 2011. He shot at Matthew Scott Barry as Barry appeared to be trying to run him down.

Neil went on trial in February. His acquittal was announced in a decision released today by Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Felix Cacchione.

h/t SM

  • Martin B

    “…an incident in the early morning hours of Aug. 6, 2011”

    It’s good to know that law-abiding Canucks who use their guns to save their lives only have to endure 3 years and 8 months of Hell.

  • robins111

    Classic self defense scenario, but the Crown just had to be a puke and try to break the guy financially. Notice how the cbc didn’t allow comments on the story, shocker

  • Ron MacDonald

    Don’t be surprised if the Crown appeals.

    • They can’t, can they? Double Jeopardy?

      • Uncle_Waspy

        The double jeopardy rule didn’t apply to Ezra Levant when he was prosecuted in several different courts for the same “crime”.

        It seems the judicial elite can do whatever they like.

        • G

          The crown prosecutor was a puke indeed. The scumbag crown attorney knew he had limitless taxpayers bucks to play with so he went for it knowing that he could simply wear the guy down.
          Now if this guy had been merely a run of the mill murderer or child molester the crown would have plea bargained that shit down to jay walking in a heartbeat.

          But some guy defending…HIMSELF!!!??? OMG!! We can’t have THAT!
          That leaves big tough hero cops, scumbag lawyers and pompous blowhard judges out of loop!

          • Uncle_Waspy

            Well it’s a sacred brotherhood, see? You can’t have Joe Average representing himself because then the whole rotten racket is brought into question.

            In Ezra’s case, it wasn’t even a real court where they at least attempt to maintain a veneer of fairness. He was hauled before extrajudicial silly courts that just make things up as they go along.

      • Ron MacDonald

        That only happens in the US of A.

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  • robins111

    There is a copy of the findings/transcript of the judge in this case. It reads like a script from the ‘trailer park boys’, having said that, after reading it, you’ll have to agree, that it is one of the most egregious examples of ‘abuse of authority and process’ by the crown and the charging officer.

  • Allan

    Holy Crap!! Where did they find a sane judge??

    • canminuteman

      Or a jury of normal people.

      • G

        Allan, they didn’t find a sane judge, just a crafty one.

        Higher court judges know they can’t push their thinly disguised lefty agenda in every case so they have to throw the peasants crumb or two from time to time.

        Otherwise the dirty, grubby common folk might start whispering unspeakable things like “term limits” “realistic public vetting hearings”…or (gasp!) maybe even “elected judges!

  • canminuteman

    I just read the story and I am shocked that he was acquitted. I believe in the use of firearms for self defence and I believe in the right to concealed or open carry. But in this case, the guy went into his house, got a gun and then went into his front yard and shot someone in the head. He could have gone into his house, called the police and waited.
    If the guy had got out of his car, and then pursued the shooter into his house, I would have supported the shooter that he was in danger. But with one guy in his house, and the other guy in his car, unless he started to ram the house with the car, I can’t buy that he was immediately in danger.
    If I have the facts of the case right, (and I might not), I think this guy is guilty.

    • pens

      you have the right to defend your self and property, and not retreat your property.

      • pens

        The police did not do there job. And the crown didn’t either by not seeing that the police had no case. Nothing but a misuse of tax payers money,as well as the accused money. Three and a half years of this mans life stalled. unacceptable.