‘Ottawa’ Judge Accused of Rolling Eyes While Accused Killer Testified
The judge at the sensational murder trial of Barrhaven’s Bhupinderpal Gill and his secret lover Gurpreet Ronald has been accused of rolling her eyes, tilting her head back and folding her arms while the mistress testified in her own defence.
Defence lawyer Michael Smith levelled the accusations at Superior Court Justice Julianne Parfett on July 5. Smith also complained to the judge that she had stopped taking notes at one point.
The lawyer noted that her reaction to his client’s version of events may have had a “negative impact” on Ronald’s trial in the eyes of jurors who follow instruction and guidance from the presiding judge.
Justice Parfett replied that she was not aware and said she would try not to react to Ronald’s testimony. The lawyer raised his complaints with the judge in the absence of the jury. Because the jury is now sequestered as they deliberate the fate of the accused killers, the lawyer’s complaints about the judge can now be reported.