Stalking trial of former Vic High teacher wraps up

Crown and defence councils gave their final arguments in the trial of Frank Canacari

Crown and defence councils gave their final arguments in the trial of Frank Canacari, a former Vic High teacher accused of stalking two women.

Canacari, 46, is facing four charges, two for criminal harassment and two for being unlawfully in a dwelling-house, related to the alleged harassment of two women Canacari had romantic relationships with in early 2010.

The defence’s case relies on establishing a reasonable doubt that Canacari is not the man behind the alleged harassment.

Canacari has denied allegations throughout the trial that he harassed his exes with anonymous emails and texts and illegally entered their homes to take photos, removed items such as underwear and accessed their personal emails.

Canacari has suggested the accusations he is facing are the result of a plot by his former roommate to frame him. The testimoney of his former roommate, Terry Bogue, is a key source of evidence against Canacari.

Defense council argued Canacari displayed “behaviour consistent with his explanation,” which is being argued as plausible.

Crown Council did not agree.

“This is an incredible story and the only thing more incredible than his story is that he wants the court to believe it,” said Crown prosecutor Chandra Fisher.

Crown focused on circumstantial evidence in its argument for a conviction.

Fisher reminded the court of proof that harassing, anonymous emails were sent to one of the women from Canadari’s home and work computers at Vic High, that photos of the interior of the other woman’s house were on his camera, even though he says he has never been in the home, and that pairs of each of the two womens’ underwear were found in Canacari’s home.

Defence maintained that one of the women, Tracy Gershman, said she never feared Cancari and that he should be found not guilty on the charge of criminally harassing her.

“She was not afraid of him,” defence council reiterated.

The court will set a date on Tuesday for Judge Lorna-Jeanne Harvey to return a verdict.

reporter@vicnews.com

 

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