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Calgary man’s murder conviction appeal denied

Calgary man’s murder conviction appeal denied
Calgary man’s murder conviction appeal denied

A panel of judges has denied a Calgary man’s appeal of his conviction for a double murder.

Christopher Naidu was convicted in April 2018 for the murder of two drug traffickers, Joshua Bamfo and Mahad Ainanshe, according to an appeal ruling filed on Wednesday.

He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and was convicted on March 4, 2021, after a trial before a judge without a jury.

Bamfo and Ainanshe were shot and killed while sitting in Bamfo’s vehicle in Evanston on the afternoon of April 20.

The appeal argued that the trial judge had erred in his conclusion about the identity of the shooter and that the conclusion that the killings were planned and deliberate was unreasonable.

The appeal considered evidence and testimony from an expert witness for the Crown, in particular regarding the use and range of mobile phone masts; Garrett Greva, Naidu’s friend and colleague; and Greva’s friend Pillay.

The case also addressed the trial judge’s findings that the murders were planned and deliberate.

However, after studying the case, the professional judges saw no reason to challenge the decisions of the judge at first instance.

“We cannot say that the trial judge made an error in holding that the murders were planned and deliberate,” the ruling said.

The appeal, originally scheduled for hearing on December 6, 2023, was subsequently dismissed.