Bail pending appeal application following murder conviction. Bombing death. Issue regarding proper meaning of “public interest” as found in s. 679(3)(c) CC.
Held: Bail denied.
“Public feelings” regarding the potential granting of bail can be a relevant consideration. “If left undefined and vague, following public feelings would trouble me … But if the test is based on the thoughts of a thoughtful reasonable member of the public who is fully informed about the facts and about the philosophy and values of the relevant Criminal Code and Charter sections, then those thoughts have some legitimate weight. That is more or less the interpretation of the somewhat similar wording of s. 515 which the Supreme Court of Canada adopts in R. v. St. Cloud, 2015 SCC 27.”
B. Aloneissi – Defence Counsel