Police on trial: Investigator believed there were four killers

News Apr 07, 2016 by Ken Peters The Hamilton Spectator

Some 16 months after the rape and murder of Beverley Perrin, Hamilton police increased their pressure on prime suspect Terry Pearce to reveal his accomplices.

Former Hamilton investigation boss Gary Clue told court police believed Pearce had driven the Perrin vehicle on the evening of Feb. 13, 1989, the night the Tapleytown school teacher was murdered.

Clue said police believe Pearce was at the scene, but not the murderer.

"He seems to think he has to name a person (who was with him) or he will be convicted of murder," counsel Neil Jones said of Pearce.

Clue agreed.

Christopher McCullough and Nicholas Nossey, who both served time in connection with the Perrin homicide, are suing police for more than $10 million for malicious prosecution.

McCullough was convicted in December 1991 of second-degree murder and ended up serving nine years before he was ordered released in 1999 to face a new trial. The Crown did not proceed.

Nossey, who lives in Orillia, was acquitted. But he spent 19 months in pretrial custody. The lawsuit has been subject to numerous delays and postponements over the years.

Two other Perrin co-accused, Steven Clarke and Pearce, served four- and seven-year terms, respectively, for lesser offences in the slaying.

Clue told the court Tuesday that he disagreed with the Crown's office decision to lay a range of charges against the four. Clarke, for example, was charged with forcible confinement and being an accessory after the fact of murder.

"They all should have been charged with first-degree murder as far as I was concerned," Clue said.

Perrin, a mother of five, was a Grade 1 and 2 teacher at Tapleytown Elementary School.

The lawsuit continues.

kpeters@thespec.com

905-526-3388

Police on trial: Investigator believed there were four killers

News Apr 07, 2016 by Ken Peters The Hamilton Spectator

Some 16 months after the rape and murder of Beverley Perrin, Hamilton police increased their pressure on prime suspect Terry Pearce to reveal his accomplices.

Former Hamilton investigation boss Gary Clue told court police believed Pearce had driven the Perrin vehicle on the evening of Feb. 13, 1989, the night the Tapleytown school teacher was murdered.

Clue said police believe Pearce was at the scene, but not the murderer.

"He seems to think he has to name a person (who was with him) or he will be convicted of murder," counsel Neil Jones said of Pearce.

Clue agreed.

Christopher McCullough and Nicholas Nossey, who both served time in connection with the Perrin homicide, are suing police for more than $10 million for malicious prosecution.

McCullough was convicted in December 1991 of second-degree murder and ended up serving nine years before he was ordered released in 1999 to face a new trial. The Crown did not proceed.

Nossey, who lives in Orillia, was acquitted. But he spent 19 months in pretrial custody. The lawsuit has been subject to numerous delays and postponements over the years.

Two other Perrin co-accused, Steven Clarke and Pearce, served four- and seven-year terms, respectively, for lesser offences in the slaying.

Clue told the court Tuesday that he disagreed with the Crown's office decision to lay a range of charges against the four. Clarke, for example, was charged with forcible confinement and being an accessory after the fact of murder.

"They all should have been charged with first-degree murder as far as I was concerned," Clue said.

Perrin, a mother of five, was a Grade 1 and 2 teacher at Tapleytown Elementary School.

The lawsuit continues.

kpeters@thespec.com

905-526-3388

Police on trial: Investigator believed there were four killers

News Apr 07, 2016 by Ken Peters The Hamilton Spectator

Some 16 months after the rape and murder of Beverley Perrin, Hamilton police increased their pressure on prime suspect Terry Pearce to reveal his accomplices.

Former Hamilton investigation boss Gary Clue told court police believed Pearce had driven the Perrin vehicle on the evening of Feb. 13, 1989, the night the Tapleytown school teacher was murdered.

Clue said police believe Pearce was at the scene, but not the murderer.

"He seems to think he has to name a person (who was with him) or he will be convicted of murder," counsel Neil Jones said of Pearce.

Clue agreed.

Christopher McCullough and Nicholas Nossey, who both served time in connection with the Perrin homicide, are suing police for more than $10 million for malicious prosecution.

McCullough was convicted in December 1991 of second-degree murder and ended up serving nine years before he was ordered released in 1999 to face a new trial. The Crown did not proceed.

Nossey, who lives in Orillia, was acquitted. But he spent 19 months in pretrial custody. The lawsuit has been subject to numerous delays and postponements over the years.

Two other Perrin co-accused, Steven Clarke and Pearce, served four- and seven-year terms, respectively, for lesser offences in the slaying.

Clue told the court Tuesday that he disagreed with the Crown's office decision to lay a range of charges against the four. Clarke, for example, was charged with forcible confinement and being an accessory after the fact of murder.

"They all should have been charged with first-degree murder as far as I was concerned," Clue said.

Perrin, a mother of five, was a Grade 1 and 2 teacher at Tapleytown Elementary School.

The lawsuit continues.

kpeters@thespec.com

905-526-3388