The defence holds court
The Crown’s case against Michael Rafferty ha tommy hilfiger uk s relied heavily on the testimony of Terri Lynne McClintic, a former girlfriend who confessed to her role in the April 8, 2009, kidnapping of eight year old Vic tommy hilfiger uk toria (Tori) Staf tommy hilfiger uk ford of Woodstock. The Crown called 61 witnesses and filed 185 exhibits to back up McClintic’s story. Here’s a breakdown of McClintic’s version and the Crown’s evidence, and some of what Rafferty’s lawyers face as they prepare a defence.
On April 8, 2009, Michael Rafferty picked her up in a car, went to a gas station and pressed her to kidnap a girl for him. He dropped her off on Fyfe Ave. outside Oliver Stephens public school in Woodstock.
A parent waiting for her children said she saw Tori and a woman walking quickly up the street after school.
Video from College Avenue secondary school (CASS) shows the woman and Tori walking up the street.
The surveillance video also shows a vehicle similar in make and style to Rafferty’s driving up the street outside the school minutes before the kidnapping. The car goes into the nursing home parking lot.
Surveillance video shows Tori and McClintic crossing the street into the parking lot. The car leaves the parking lot minutes later.
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She and Rafferty drove to Guelph to buy drugs, and then to Home Depot to get a hammer and garbage bags. On the way, she puts on a CD.
Surveillance video from a gas station convenience store shows a Honda Civic pulling in, Rafferty getting out and taking out money.
The car pulls closer to an adjacent Home Depot and video shows McClintic buying a hammer and garbage bags, then returning to the car. Cellphone records show Rafferty’s BlackBerry was used in the Guelph area the same time McClintic said they were there.
A black pea coat was found in Rafferty’s closet. The CD McClintic said she played was found in his car.
Her blood is found on the car door moulding. Her DNA and Rafferty’s DNA are found mixed on a gym bag in the car.
Tori’s body is found in garbage bags, covered with several rocks, the largest being 49.67 kg, under the branches of fir trees near a rock pile.