Ningnan Zhang v. His Majesty the King

(Saskatchewan) (Criminal) (By Leave)


Criminal law — Charter of Rights — Evidence — Circumstantial evidence — Reasonable verdict — Whether the trial judge erred in convicting the applicant — Whether the Court of Appeal erred in denying leave to appeal — Whether the application for leave to appeal raises an issue of public importance.


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The applicant was charged summarily with killing a cat and with seriously injuring another cat, both pursuant to s. 445(1)(a) of the Criminal Code. The trial judge convicted the applicant on both counts, and sentenced him to a five-month conditional sentence of imprisonment. The Court of Queen’s Bench dismissed the applicant’s appeal from conviction and sentence. The Court of Appeal dismissed an application for fresh evidence and an oral application to amend the notice of appeal to permit an appeal from sentence, and dismissed the application for leave to appeal from the conviction.

Lower Court Rulings

March 19, 2021
Provincial Court of Saskatchewan

Information #991092085
Applicant convicted of one count of killing a cat and one count of seriously wounding a cat (s. 445(1)(a) of the Criminal Code); five-month conditional sentence of imprisonment imposed.
August 16, 2022
Court of Queen’s Bench of Saskatchewan

2022 SKQB 192, CRM-SA-000092-021
Appeal against conviction and sentence dismissed.
October 30, 2023
Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan

Fresh evidence application dismissed; oral application to amend notice of appeal to permit an appeal from sentence denied; leave to appeal from conviction denied.