The man convicted of killing eight-year old Victoria Stafford seven years ago will be appealing his sentence Monday.
Michael Rafferty was charged with first-degree murder, abduction and sexual assault and later sentenced to life in prison in 2012. He was given no chance of parole for 25 years.
His former girlfriend, Terri-Lynne McClintic pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in 2010, testifying she delivered fatal blows to the young girl.
Rafferty’s lawyer is arguing with the Ontario Court of Appeal, stating the judge made several errors in the case. Paul Calarco believes the jury was not properly warned against relying on the testimony of Rafferty’s accomplice.
He says the case conviction was almost entirely dependent on McClinctic’s version of events, since sexual assault could not be proven through forensic evidence.
Stafford’s decomposed remains were found stuffed into a green garbage bag at a tree near her house in Woodstock, 103 days after her murder.
She was walking home from school by herself on April 8, 2009 and had only made it half a block away before disappearing.