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Security firm oversight suggested for man accused of murder

HALIFAX — A proposal for around-the-clock security surveillance of a Dalhousie medical student accused of murdering a fellow student should improve his bail chances, a defence lawyer said Wednesday.


May 26, 2016
By Michael Tutton for the Canadian Press

Eugene Tan, the lawyer for William Sandeson, said outside court he’ll suggest a private company monitor his client if he’s granted release from jail through a bail review set for midsummer.

The date for the review was set for July 28 and 29 during Wednesday’s hearing before Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Jamie Campbell.

Tan said the plan could address some of the judge’s earlier reasons for refusing release.

During Wednesday’s hearing, prosecutor Susan MacKay said that she was expecting to see details about the proposed firm when Tan provides a defence brief on June 29.

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Tan has argued some of the information provided to Campbell at the original bail hearing was shown to be “unreliable” in a subsequent preliminary hearing.

All of the preliminary trial and bail evidence before the court is protected by a routine publication ban.

Sandeson was charged with the first-degree murder of Taylor Samson on Aug. 20, 2015 and ordered to stand trial on March 29 following the preliminary hearing.

The murder charge came four days after Samson was reported missing in Halifax.

Police have said the two men knew each other.

Samson’s body is still missing.

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