The lengthy trial of David Sillars is returning to court in Oshawa at the end of the week.
Nearly three months after the trial was put on hold and almost two years after the death of eight-year-old Thomas Rancourt, Sillars will return to defend his not guilty plea. Sillars was arrested and charged in April, 2017, after a canoe he and Rancourt were in capsized on the Muskoka River, leading to the boy’s death. The man’s charges include impaired operation of a vessel causing death, dangerous operation of a vessel causing death and criminal negligence causing death.
Sillars’ lawyer had attempted to argue a canoe was not considered a vessel under Canada’s Criminal Code, which would have cleared him of several charges. But, the judge ruled against the argument.
The trial will restart on February 1st and is expected to stretch into March as well.