Black man pleads guilty, felt he 'wouldn't get fair trial', court told

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Tony Blais, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 2:09 AM ET

EDMONTON -- A city man claims he pleaded guilty to raping a drunk woman passed out in the back seat of a car because he is black and felt he "would not get a fair trial."

In a hearing Monday to determine whether or not the guilty plea should be struck, Haldane Raynor, 29, testified he pleaded guilty despite believing the complainant had initiated and consented to sex.

Raynor told court he felt "there was no hope" of being found not guilty in a trial because he is Jamaican and of the opinion they have a "bad name" in Canada.

As well, Raynor said a lawyer told him he would get a prison sentence of 10 to 15 years after conviction and concluded he would get less time if he pleaded guilty.

"It was a lot of stress," Raynor said, testifying that he decided to seek withdrawal of his guilty plea and go to trial after his mother told him to have faith and tell the truth.

Raynor also agreed that what he is saying now is "completely inconsistent" with an agreed statement of facts he voluntarily signed.

 

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