Justice anything but swift for family of N.S. woman found dead in closet

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HALIFAX - Family and friends of a young Nova Scotia woman whose body was found in a closet just over two years ago are outraged that one of her alleged killers has applied for bail.
After spending more than 25 months on remand, Ashley Haley wants to be released under the province's adult bail supervision program.
Haley, 22, appeared in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax on Wednesday just long enough for her lawyer to have her bail hearing put off until March 12.
About a dozen relatives and friends of murder victim Jennifer Horne attended the proceeding and expressed their feelings about Haley's bail application.
Steve Andrews, Horne's step-uncle, said they find it "incomprehensible that the court would even consider a bail application in this case."
Reading to reporters from a prepared statement, Andrews said they were "shocked and outraged" by the adjournment.
"We feel that this is yet another delay tactic by the defendant in this never-ending series of court appearances," he said. "When the horrendous facts of this case are known, it will be obvious to all that today's decision by the court has been a travesty."
Haley and her common-law partner, 39-year-old Desmond Maguire, are each charged with first-degree murder in Horne's death.
The 20-year-old woman's body was found Dec. 31, 2007, rolled up in a piece of carpet and stuffed in a closet in an apartment.
Horne was reported missing the day before after she failed to show up for work.
The couple were charged on Jan. 1, 2008, and have remained in custody. Their Supreme Court trial is scheduled for four weeks beginning June 7.
Defence lawyer Peter Planetta told the court that he thinks his client will be eligible for the bail supervision program, which includes electronic monitoring and intensive supervision.
The Crown will argue against Haley's release at the March 12 hearing.
"Although we feel betrayed, we continue to believe that justice will be served one day," Andrews said. "We will continue to come to these proceedings, as we have 26 times over the past 25 months, to represent Jennifer and to continue our fight."

Organizations: Supreme Court

Geographic location: HALIFAX, Nova Scotia

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