September 4, 2012
Ban on naming Eaton Centre shooting victim lifted
By Kevin Connor, QMI Agency
A 13-year-old boy who was shot in the head at the Eaton Centre in June can be named in the media.
On Tuesday, a judge lifted the publication ban on Connor Stevenson. He was in a busy food court at the downtown Mall on June 2 when shots rang out killing two and injuring five others.
"(Lifting the ban) is just for the name of the boy and not for the other victims," said Crown attorney Mary Humphrey who didn't object to an application by Connor and his parents to have the prohibition lifted.
Connor wrote he wanted to thank people who were pulling for him.
Such bans are put in place to protect victims.
"(Connor) indicated he wanted the ban lifted if he wanted to speak to the press -- and defence counsel didn't object," Humphrey said.
There was no objection, said defence lawyer Dirk Derstine. He represents Christopher Husbands who has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder.
"Given the nature of past press I don't feel there is any additional prejudice by hearing the young man's name. If that is what he wants, I'm fine with it," Derstine said.
The application to lift the ban was brought to the court by CTV news.