Toronto Police officers Sameer Kara, Leslie Nyznik and Joshua Cabero
|Three Toronto Police officers charged last year with the gang sexual assault of a female colleague from the parking unit were back in court in December for a pre-trial motion.
Joshua Cabero, 30, Leslie Nyznik, 39, and Sameer Kara, 33, all from 51 Division, sat quietly in the body of the courtroom while their three lawyers appeared before Justice Ian Nordheimer. The accused cops are free on $15,000 bail and suspended with pay while they await their trial, expected to begin in May 2017.|
The parking officer’s friend told police Nyznik and Kara approached her nine days later to insist it had all been consensual and they were willing to apologize if she felt they’d taken advantage of her “because they do not wish there to be any hard feelings.”
Toronto police officers Sameer Kara (front) and Leslie Nyznik
|A Toronto police officer told investigators she was too drunk to speak, let alone consent, when three colleagues had oral, vaginal and possibly anal sex with her after a party last year, according to documents unsealed by a Toronto judge.|
Superior Court Justice Faye McWatt lifted a publication ban on the information to obtain a search warrant in the case against Toronto Police officers Leslie Nyznik, Sameer Kara and Joshua Cabero Tuesday following an application brought to the court by Postmedia News, CTV and the Toronto Star.
|Nyznik, Cabero and Kara are charged with sexual assault and gang sexual assault in the case, and while they have not yet entered pleas their lawyers have said they intend to plead not guilty. The three officers were suspended with pay after they were charged in February 2015. The alleged assault eventually ended, she said, after she heard Kara say “Josh, stop. She is out.”|
|TORONTO - It was a bizarre courtroom scene — a defence lawyer and judge passing sealed, secret notes back and forth while everyone else in the courtroom twiddled their thumbs.|
The case is that of the three Toronto Police officers from 51 Division - Leslie Nyznik, Sameer Kara and Joshua Cabero, charged last year with the gang sexual assault of a female parking enforcement officer on January 15, 2015. The three have been suspended with pay. The preliminary hearing is scheduled for July but the Crown has applied for a direct indictment — which would see the case go straight to trial.
|The attorney general has yet to make a decision on the request. At issue is who will represent the officers: Kara and Cabero are now being represented by the same firm. “A substantial and realistic risk of conflict of interest has arisen,” say Crown attorneys. “One lawyer or law firm acting for two co-accused in the same criminal proceeding puts counsel’s undivided loyalty at risk.”|
They’ve asked a judge to remove a law firm from representing either of the officers. That's when things got strange. A sealed document was passed to the judge by defence counsel. When the judge had a question, he passed a note back to the lawyer, who wrote him back. Everyone in court watched, including Crown attorneys.
|The Crown was later asked if she had any submissions. She said it was like playing Battleship, with no idea if she was hitting the mark. “I am shooting in the dark,” |
It wasn’t the only thing under wraps: The evidence being used by the Crown to prosecute the case against the three cops and information used to obtain warrants for the officers’ DNA are all under publication bans.
Leslie Nyznik, Sameer Kara, Joshua Cabero
|Charges were laid against Leslie Nyznik, Sameer Kara and Joshua Cabero in February 2015 after a female parking enforcement officer was allegedly forced into sexual acts.|
Two DNA profiles were identified from the semen found on the alleged victim’s body, clothing and jewelry. They were compared to DNA samples from the three accused.
Two of the officers were matches. According to the document, the chances of it not being them are in the trillions and quadrillions.