A weapons charge against convicted rapist and murderer Paul Bernardo was dropped by the Crown’s office Friday morning.
Bernardo appeared via video link from Millhaven Institution before Justice Geoffrey Griffin in Napanee to face the charge of possession of a weapon after a shank was found in his cell. After a 20-minute delay, waiting for Bernardo’s lawyer to arrive, Crown Attorney Richard Floyd stood and asked that the charge to be withdrawn.
There were “insufficient grounds to obtain a conviction,” Floyd explained.
Bernardo, sitting in a room in front of a green door and a next to a window, showed little reaction. When asked by Justice Griffin if he had anything to say, the 54-year-old Bernardo replied that he did not, adding, “thank you, your Honour.”
Bernardo, also known as the “Scarborough rapist,” was convicted of the rape and murders of 14-year-old Leslie Mahaffy, 15-year-old Kristen French and his then wife Karla Homolka’s 15-year-old sister, Tammy Homolka, in 1995. He has admitted to raping 14 women.