Jury in Amber Kirwan murder case to receive instructions from judge

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PICTOU, N.S. — The jury in the trial of a Nova Scotia man accused of first-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Amber Kirwan will receive their final instructions today.

Sketch by Jimy Sloan – Special to The News - During the preliminary inquiry for Christopher Falconer who is accused of killing Amber Kirwan. His trial is ongoing.

Nova Scotia Supreme Court Judge Nick Scaravelli will give instructions this morning to the jury before they begin deliberations after hearing about three weeks of testimony.

Defence lawyer Mike Taylor and Crown attorney Bill Gorman have both asked the jurors to give a common sense analysis of the evidence.

Gorman says while the case is circumstantial, the only logical conclusion based on the evidence is that Christopher Alexander Falconer committed the offence.

But Taylor says there are a number of other plausible explanations that create a reasonable doubt.

Kirwan disappeared after leaving a pool hall in downtown New Glasgow in the early hours of Oct. 9, 2011.

Her naked, bound remains were found about a month later in a shallow grave in nearby Heathbell.

- The Canadian Press

Organizations: Supreme Court

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, New Glasgow, Heathbell

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