Thank you Jurors, Judge, Police Services, Crown Prosecutor, Victim/Witness Assistance Office
The legal process was not one we were familiar with. Support from police services, the crown, the victim witness assistance program and others was amazing and so important. We are very thankful that we have such a professional caring team that helped us through the process and with much compassion.
Even the media played a significant role that we had to learn to navigate. At times it felt as though we were under a microscope. But we understood that we needed to inform our community and shed light on the situation. The media have been incredibly compassionate and kind. They have a job to do but they did so professionally, with humour even, and with respect for our situation.
The part in the trial that we were really unclear and concerned about was the jury. There was so much information for them to process – truth, fiction, legal definitions, graphic descriptions and more. And there was so much more that we wished we could tell them to help them understand better. Who Nathan was, what the picture clearly was. When they retired for the night we were concerned – to us it was so clear. But then we realized they were being thorough and putting all the pieces together. We had almost 2 years to do this and had been through the preliminary hearing and even then the picture was only coming together during the trial. The jurors only had 9 days to absorb everything.
We want to thank each and every juror. You were attentive and thorough. The information was difficult to absorb and process – traumatic, in fact. It was not a job for which you volunteered, but you did it well. Thank you for your time and professionalism.
Tim, Mona, Jessica