Not any more

David Chen shows up, but Crown not prepared

In Canada on October 4, 2010 at 15:20

Tyler Anderson/National Post

David Chen walks the steps at Old City Hall Courthouse in Toronto on October 4, 2010

David Chen, the vigilante green-grocer from Chinatown, showed up at Old City Hall this morning for his court appearance, but it was not his first stop of the day. Mr. Chen, as usual, got up at 4 a.m. and drove his truck to the Ontario Food Terminal to pick up produce for the Lucky Moose Food Mart, his Dundas Street West store.

Mr. Chen then came to court, with his co-accused, Qing P. Li, his brother-in-law, and Jie Chen, a store employee who is not related to David Chen. All three were arrested in May, 2009 and charged with assault and forceable confinement, after they detained and tied up a man who was shoplifting plants from the store.

The accused were ready, but the Crown Attorney, who has had 17 months  to prepare this case for trial, (and who apparently did not get up at 4 a.m. today) stood up and told the judge, in courtroom 121: “We are having some technical difficulties. The video tape from the store’s cameras uses a proprietary software that cannot be played on the computers here. So we need half an hour to sort this out.” The judge rolled his eyes and recessed the court until 11:15 a.m. today.



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