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April 12, 2011

Son of Alleged Elder Abuse Victim NOT Granted Bail (CANADA)


By SAM PAZZANO, COURTS BUREAU

A Scarborough man accused of an horrific act of elder abuse against his own mother was detained Friday — a week after his co-accused wife was released on bail.
Justice Al O’Marra detained Kwong Yan, 43, who allegedly forced his 68-year-old mother to live in an uninsulated garage because of her incontinence.
A week earlier, Justice Ian Nordheimer freed Yan’s wife Qiyun Tan, 28, on $100,000 bail with strict conditions that bar her from freely communicating with her co-accused husband.
Yan’s mother was found unconscious by paramedics in the couple’s garage, with frostbitten toes and bruises on her body at the end of February.
O’Marra said Yan’s release would bring the administration of justice into disrepute because he is facing a strong circumstantial case on a serious charge involving a vulnerable person.
“We’re obviously disappointed with the decision and if new circumstances arise, we’ll bring another bail application,” said Yan’s lawyer David Hao outside court.
“It’s always been our position that Mr. Yan was in exactly the same position as Ms. Tan.”
Both husband and wife have no criminal record, he noted.
Crown attorney Brock Jones said the Crown opposed Yan’s release because he “was the victim’s son and the head of the household and in more control of the conditions that his mother was living in.
“In a case like this, with extreme allegations of elder abuse, it would shock the conscience of any reasonable member of society, that he would be released. To maintain confidence in the justice system, he must be detained,” Jones said.

SOURCE:    The Toronto Sun
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