Sisters 4-year-old Aubrey Berry and 6-year-old Chloe Berry were found dead in their father’s apartment in Oak Bay on Christmas Day. Their father Andrew Berry is charged with two counts of second-degree murder in their deaths. (Submitted photo)

Jury deliberates fate of B.C. father charged with daughters’ murders

‘Guilty must be unanimous,’ judge tells jury

After a months-long trial, The jury in the double murder trial of Oak Bay father Andrew Berry has begun deliberations.

BC Supreme court Justice Miriam Gropper read both crown and defence summary statements to the jury before going over the requirements for a verdict.

“Guilty must be unanimous,” she said. “All of you must agree on the verdict.”

Andrew Berry, 45, is charged with two counts of second degree murder in the deaths of daughters Aubrey Berry, 4, and Chloe Berry, 6.

The children were found dead in Berry’s Oak Bay apartment on Christmas Day, 2017.

RELATED: Oak Bay father’s testimony at murder trial like plot of ‘bad low-budget movie:’ Crown

RELATED: Defence says burden of proof not met in double murder case against Oak Bay father

The jury can find Berry guilty as charged, not guilty, or guilty of the included offense of manslaughter.

“While your verdict on any count must be unanimous, your route to a verdict need not be,” Gropper told the jury. “You could all be satisfied of Mr. Berry’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, even though individually you have different views of the evidence.”

The jury was told that any questions they have must be written down, placed in a sealed envelope and presented to the sheriff outside the deliberation room to be passed on to the judge.

“You should make every reasonable effort however to reach a verdict, consult with each other, express your own views, listen to the views of others, discuss your differences with an open mind, try your best to decide this case.”



nina.grossman@blackpress.ca

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

WildSafeBC reminds East Kootenay residents to give deer space during rut

Be cautious when driving as well, says WildSafeBC

Chamber Turkey Drive officially underway

Members of the public can pledge donations on Thursday, Dec. 5 to support Christmas hamper programs

Sam Steele Sweethearts program accepting applications

A longstanding Cranbrook youth ambassador program is encouraging interested youth to apply

RDEK yellow bin contract renewed for another five years

The RDEK continues to encourage the use of the Recycle BC Depots at local transfer stations

Colin James returning to Key City Theatre

Saskatchewan-born, British-Columbia-based Colin James, the multiple-Juno-award-winning blues singer will be making a… Continue reading

Bye bye Bei Bei: Giant panda born in U.S. zoo heads to China

Panda heads back to China as part of cooperative breeding program

‘Very disrespectful’: B.C. first responder irked by motorists recording collisions on cellphones

Central Cariboo Search and Rescue deputy chief challenges motorists to break the habit

Daily cannabis linked to reduction in opioid use: B.C. researchres

Researchers looked at a group of 1,152 people in Vancouver who reported substance use and chronic pain

B.C. man gets 23 years for murder of Belgian tourist near Boston Bar

Sean McKenzie pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of 28-year-old Amelie Christelle Sakkalis

Bids down, costs up on Highway 1, B.C. independent contractors say

Rally protests NDP government’s union-only public construction

Members of little people community applaud change to drop ‘midget’ term

‘It’s not about sensitivity,’ says Allan Redford, the president of the Little People of Canada

Little progress in preventing sudden infant deaths since last report: BC Coroner

Coroners panel studied 141 sleep-related sudden infant deaths between 2013 and 2018

B.C.’s ‘Dr. Frankenstein of guns’ back in jail yet again for trafficking in Glock parts

Bradley Michael Friesen has parole revoked for allegedly importing gun parts yet again

B.C. woman suing after laser hair removal leaves her with ‘severe’ burns, scarring

Nadeau felt ‘far more pain’ than usual during the treatment

Most Read