Supreme Court of Canada orders files tied to Sherman murder case unsealed, citing public interest


OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that a set of files relating to murder victims Barry and Honey Sherman be defaced and opened for public use.

The unanimous decision found that the trustees of the wealthy Toronto couple’s estate failed to establish a serious risk to their security and privacy, and that the public interest and the principle of open court proceedings required the files to be unlocked.

In June 2018, a lower court judge issued an order protecting the files, which pertain to the appointment of asset trustees and would generally be available for public inspection.

The order stemmed from a belief that individuals named as beneficiaries or trustees of the estates would be at risk of harm because Sherman was killed in his home.

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That decision has now been quashed, confirming an appeals court ruling that overturned the sealing order and marked a victory for Toronto Star reporter Kevin Donovan, an appellant who applied for the files to be opened and Wrote in detail about the sensational case in the last three. And a year and a half.

Barry Sherman was the billionaire chairman and CEO of pharmaceutical firm Apotex Inc., who was murdered in his home along with his wife on December 15, 2017.

The couple were philanthropists and well-known members of Toronto society, their death and the resulting police investigation sparking intense interest.

The murders remain unsolved and the investigation continues.

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