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‘Seven years of torture’

<p>The wife of an elderly man who was beaten into a vegetative state is outraged that she has to sit through another criminal trial seven years later — but hopes justice will finally be served.</p>

System failed, says beating victim’s wife



Marc Bence/for metro edmonton


Lesley Miller visits her husband, Dougald, who was beaten into a vegetative state seven years ago. His accused attacker faces a new trial today after the Supreme Court ordered a retrial.



The wife of an elderly man who was beaten into a vegetative state is outraged that she has to sit through another criminal trial seven years later — but hopes justice will finally be served.



Leo Teskey will be given another chance to plead his case inside an Edmonton courtroom today after a retrial was ordered in his conviction for the brutal beating of Dougald Miller, a city apartment manager.



Teskey had a long history of violence before he was found guilty in 2002, but the Supreme Court of Canada ordered a new trail this summer because a judge took more than 11 months to deliver his written reasons for the verdict.



"We are all outraged that we have to be put though this again," Lesley Miller, Dougald’s wife, told Metro yesterday.



"I don’t have any relatives here — they are all back in Scotland — but they always say, ‘What kind of country is this?’ I have no faith in the justice system at all."



Miller says an assistant chief judge has been brought in from Lethbridge to hear the case, which she considers to be a step in the right direction.



"As far as I am concerned, they have been putting me through seven years of torture and God knows what my husband is going through," she said.



Since the beating, Miller has lived in an extended care facility and cannot eat or talk. He is a paraplegic, communicates only by blinking, and is still recovering from catching pneumonia in June, she said.



The new trial is expected to take at least two weeks, with Lesley taking the stand on Wednesday.




jeff.cummings@metronews.ca


 
 
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