Police, courts did their job
RE: How did this sex assault case end up in court? (Feb. 21)
Margaret Shkimba’s article asks how did the sex assault case of Walter Cooke end up in court? She concluded that his case is “another example of the failure of our system to effectively investigate and prosecute sexual assault cases”. In support of her opinion she jumped to the conclusion that the police failed to properly question the witnesses as it came out at trial that Mr. Cooke was not even at the centre on the day of the alleged assault.
Her conclusion that the police failed to properly question the witnesses is simply not borne out by the evidence.
While I didn’t watch the trial, I did follow the reporting in the Hamilton Spectator. The Feb. 9 article of the Hamilton Spectator reported that Mr. Cooke’s wife did not tell police that Mr. Cooke was not at work on the day of the alleged assault until Mr. Cooke’s trial started two weeks earlier. Also, unlike other employees of the centre, Mr. Cooke failed to record his attendance at the centre so there was no written record of whether or not he was there that day.
So, how did this sexual assault case wind up in court? The evidence needed to be tested. Anne-Louise Cole, Hamilton