The Goderich Court House. (Blackburn News File Photo) (Taken by Bob Montgomery)

Defence Begins Case In Panovski Trial

The opening statement from the defence in the first-degree murder trial of Boris Panovski was presented Wednesday afternoon in Goderich.

Boris Panovski, 73, from the Toronto area, is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Don Frigo of Toronto and the wounding of his wife Eva at the Hullett Conservation Area near Clinton in September of 2014.

In his opening statement, defence lawyer Christopher Hicks pointed out to the jury that they could not make a decision beyond a reasonable doubt about either guilt or innocence without hearing all of the evidence and so far they had only heard the Crown’s case against Ponovski.

Hicks did not give any indication what the defence might be but pointed out the burden of proof rests with the Crown and there was no onus on the defence to prove anything.

The trial is now into its fifth week and was expected to last between eight to ten weeks.