The Bracebridge paper notes that charges against all of the ClubLink board members and executives relating to the deaths of Tyler Mulcahy, 20, Cory Mintz, 20, and Kourosh Totonchian, 19, last year have been withdrawn. The crown said it had no reasonable prospect of conviction.
One of the officers involved in the case had this to say:
However, Bracebridge OPP Inspector Ed Medved was contacted shortly afterward.
We respect the decision of the Crowns office in relation to this matter, Medved said. We put the cases together, we bring them forward and then beyond that its up to the courts how best to deal with them. We respect those decisions they make in that regard.
Those charged included ClubLink CEO and real estate baron Rai Sahi, and other ClubLink execs like Egidio [Edge] Caravaggio, Charles Lorimar, ClubLink founder Bruce Simmonds, and CFO of ClubLink and Tri-White, Robert Visentin.
This whole affair has been a ridiculous waste of taxpayers’ money for a dog and pony show designed to capture publicity — not reach a conviction. None of the ClubLink execs were present when Mulcahy, drinking on his father’s membership card, left Lake Joseph Club and drove home in a high-powered sports car in the summer of 2008, killing three of the four in the car. I’m sure all were horrified by what had happened. But in an attempt to grab headlines and prove a point, the crown and the OPP decided to charge all of those listed on the liquor license. The goal? Get a story above-the-fold in the newspapers and hope no one notices the ridiculousness of the situation when all the charges get dropped. But shouldn’t the Crown have known it had “no reasonable prospect of conviction,” well before it reached court?
As I told the Toronto Star earlier this year, this is still a serious issue and golf course owners are still paying a lot of attention to the matter — but that has nothing to do with parading out charges against corporate executives.