OTTAWA - Police found a stash of voodoo dolls representing the police, prosecutors and judges who played a role in Robert Cattral netting a seven-year sentence when they raided office space he shared with his mother.
The dolls apparently didn’t work the first time and Cattral is now back on trial. He’s accused of being up to his old tricks while out on bail pending appeal of his conviction as the mastermind of a sophisticated crime ring peddling the tools of credit card fraud.
The 42-year-old is charged with 22 counts including breaching bail conditions, three counts of possessing items suitable for use in forging credit card data, and possessing three prohibited knives.
Crown attorney Jason Neubauer said Ottawa police were notified by border guards in July 2011 that they’d intercepted a device on its way from the U.S. to Cattral that could breach the bail granted by the Ontario Court of Appeal 15 months earlier.
Police tried to do a “controlled delivery” of the package, but Cattral’s mother picked it up.
Police obtained a search warrant for the commercial property mother and son shared.
Sgt. Richard Dugal went through an exhaustive list of the items seized, including the package - a magnetic card reader - along with other card readers, card printers, blank magnetic strip cards and hologram foil.
Defence lawyer James Foord told Judge Diane Lahaie that it’s admitted that some of the devices seized are suitable for forging credit cards and credit card data and that Cattral had the education and knowledge to know it.
“Many things are suitable for the use in the commission of a crime,” Foord said. “These items are not illicit in themselves. The issue is whether they were intended to be used in crime. That’s the issue we’re going to have a trial on.”
The voodoo dolls were found in the freezer.
Five small twine dolls were labelled with the names of the two police investigators and three Crowns on Project Instrument. A sixth wasn’t labelled but was wearing the black robes and red sash of a judge.
It was precedent-setting in 2009 when Judge Robert Smith convicted Cattral and two others of participating in a criminal organization - a law typically applied to biker gangs - along with selling devices used for credit card fraud and other offences between 2002 and 2004.
The trial continues Thursday.