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Case Summary In the case R v Sappleton 2009 Adrian Sappleton was charged with 10 counts of weapons and ammunition offences Adrian Sappleton was found on location at 271 Grandravine drive unit 297 along with three others with weapons hidden beneath the couch The Crowns prosecution attempted to link Adrian Sappleton to the ammunition and weapons however could not find sufficient evidence to support him as a resident of the location owner ship of the guns and ammunition and found no trace of DNA upon these weapons The Crowns evidence only created a high degree of suspicion yet could not prove that Adrian Sappleton had knowledge and control of the firearms In a court system several issues arise leaving the Judge to decide whether or not the defendant is to be deemed guilty or innocent There are several ways one can interpret a case in order to arise at a final verdict One specific way is through guilt A case can be viewed through legal guilt which is the events that the Crown has proven a guilty verdict has been provided and all rights have been followed Antoncci 2013 For example a person who is legally guilty would be someone who was not tried within a reasonable amount of time On the other hand one can analyze a case through factual guilt which is concerned with the nature of facts proving whether or not the accused actually committed the crime Factual 2006 An example of this would be evidence linking or not linking someone to a crime More specific in the case R v Sappleton 2009 factual guilt takes precedence over legal guilt being that there were several factors indicating that Mr Sappleton could be proven guilty upon a reasonable doubt of 10 counts of weapons and ammunition offences however the verdict of not guilty was acquitted Secondly the Crowns evidence fell short and lastly there was insufficient evidence to establish his place
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