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MOnica Jack

(Final arguments continue in B.C. Supreme Court for the Garry Taylor Handlen, the man accused of killing 12-year-old Monica Jack in 1978, near Merritt.)

 

The defence lawyer for a man charged with murdering a 12-year-old girl in near Merritt over four decades says his client lied when he confessed to the crime during a so-called Mr. Big operation because he was afraid to lose his job.

In final arguments to a B.C. Supreme Court jury, Patrick Angly says Garry Handlen told multiple lies throughout the nearly nine-month undercover operation to police officers, not because he was boasting as the Crown suggested but because “he is a liar.”

Angly says Handlen’s lies stretched from saying he had been a member of the British Army’s Special Air Service, to saying he smuggled goods across international lines as a scuba diver and had studied for a pilot’s licence.

He added none what Handlen said was true, but it was in his client’s best interest to carry on with his deception and even confess to murder as he felt he could lose his dreams of being involved in a close-knit organized crime group.

Handlen has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Monica Jack, who was last seen on May 6, 1978, as she rode her bike at Quilchena.

RCMP undercover officers befriended Handlen in early 2014 in Minden, Ont., and paid him nearly $12,000 to do jobs such as smuggling cigarettes, loan sharking and repossessing vehicles.

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