Darin Andrew Randle v. Her Majesty the Queen

(British Columbia) (Criminal) (By Leave)

(Publication ban in case)




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Criminal law – Evidence – Assessment – Admissibility – Confessions – “Mr. Big” confessions – If a trial judge fails to consider material evidence on the ultimate issue, what is the proper approach of an appellate court – Whether the lower courts erred – Principles to apply on a Mr. Big abuse of police process application – Principles to apply in assessing the reliability of a Mr. Big confession when no traces of a crime exist.

In the course of the police investigation into Mr. Cornish’s disappearance, the police conducted an undercover operation, often described as a “Mr. Big”. The applicant was the target of this operation. The applicant and Mr. Cornish were friends and business partners in the drug trade. The operation culminated in the applicant’s admission to Mr. Big that he disposed of Mr. Cornish’s remains after Mr. Cornish’s accidental death during the course of a struggle. The applicant was convicted of one count of interfering with human remains. The Court of Appeal dismissed the conviction appeal.

Lower Court Rulings

April 3, 2014
Supreme Court of British Columbia

30738-2, 2014 BCSC 1990
Conviction for one count of interfering with human remains
March 16, 2016
Court of Appeal for British Columbia (Vancouver)

CA42479, 2016 BCCA 125
Conviction appeal dismissed