Laffin Preliminary Inquiry – Day 1

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January 16, 2012 marked the first day of preliminary inquiry at the Halifax Provincial Court for Steven Elliot Laffin, 37, charged with second degree murder in the death of Nadine Taylor. Judge Anne Derrick put in place a publication ban on evidences and the witnesses' names in order to assure Laffin's right to a fair trial.

Overall, five witnesses took the stand today, presenting their own version of July 28, 2010, the night Nadine Taylor disappeared, and other events surrounding the date.

Though no specific information can be provided at the time, sexworkhalifax.ca will do its best to provide as much information as it is entitled to.

The preliminary inquiry will continue on for approximately eight days under the supervision of Judge Anne Derrick. Rick Woodburn and Susan MacKay, the crown prosecutors, will be examining each witness and present evidences found during the investigation. Defence lawyer, Kevin Burke, also interviews the witnesses in order to build his case.

Three of Taylor's family members were in attendance today, along with members from Stepping Stone, a local sex-work support group and members of the media and regional authorities.

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