Court to consider convicted bomber’s appeal next month

In less than a month, the financial advisor convicted of setting a bomb on the doorstep and ultimately killing a former client will have his appeal heard.

In less than a month, the financial advisor convicted of setting a bomb on the doorstep and ultimately killing a former client will have his appeal heard.

Brian Andrew Malley, 59, of Innisfail will go before the Calgary Court of Appeal on Sept. 14. He was convicted of first-degree murder on Feb. 24, 2014 by a jury and sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of parole for 25 years, by Justice Kirk Sisson.

Victoria Shachtay, 23, was killed on Nov. 25, 2011 opening a gift left on her doorstep. The paraplegic single mother opened the gift disguised as a bomb, it went off and killed her instantly.

A 2004 car collision left Shachtay confined to a wheelchair. In 2007, she received a large settlement from the crash and invested $575,000 of the money and a $264,000 loan at Malley’s recommendation through the company Assante Wealth Management.

By the spring of 2011, the money had run out. Between April and November 2011, Malley made $30,000 in payments to Shachtay from his own debit and credit card accounts, even going into overdraft.

Malley was arrested on May 27, 2012, following a six-month investigation by the Innisfail RCMP, RCMP post blast national response team, explosive disposal and technology section, tech crimes, special tactical operations, criminal analysis section, special surveillance units and forensic labs.

Malley’s counsel has maintained throughout the proceedings that investigators had tunnel vision and focused in on Malley without considering other alternatives. After the conviction defence counsel Bob Aloneissi, of Edmonton, said his client was wrongfully convicted and compared it to the convictions of Guy Paul Morin and David Milgaard. Milgaard was acquitted after serving 20 years in prison for a murder he did not commit while Morin was exonerated by DNA evidence.

“The Canadian Justice System’s Hall of Shame for Wrongful Convictions has a new candidate for induction: Brian Malley,” he wrote in an email to the Advocate.

“Malley’s credentials are that he was accused of a horrific murder, and he suffered the injustice of a tunnel vision investigation which skewed the facts to fit their suspect.”

Just Posted

Man from Olds killed in collision near Sundre

A 39-year-old man from Olds was killed in a collision near Sundre… Continue reading

Tips to keep crime at bay this Christmas

’Tis the season for joy and celebration, but the Christmas season can… Continue reading

Olympic ski run designer creates upgrades at Canyon Ski Resort

Jeff Ihaksi says free-style and alpine ski venues are Canada Winter Games-worthy

Updated: Collision expert backs version of crash of driver accused of manslaughter

Daniel Newsham accused of manslaughter in fatal 2016 collision

WATCH: More than 100 protest UN migration pact, carbon tax in Red Deer

Chants of “Trudeau must go” echoed through the streets of downtown Red… Continue reading

Tkachuk’s goal in 3rd gives Flames 2-1 win over Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Matthew Tkachuk scored the go-ahead goal midway through… Continue reading

Women use scent to lure wolf-dog that ran away from Calgary airport

EDMONTON — A woman from Alberta is thanking an unconventional strategy for… Continue reading

Suspect in Alberta, Saskatchewan bank robberies to get mental assessment

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. — A former Winnipeg broadcaster and journalism instructor accused… Continue reading

Trudeau to make it harder for future PM to reverse Senate reforms

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau says his government hopes to make legal changes… Continue reading

No winning ticket for Friday night’s $60 million Lotto Max jackpot

TORONTO — There was no winning ticket for the $60 million jackpot… Continue reading

All evacuation orders lifted in deadly California wildfire

PARADISE, Calif. — All evacuation orders have been lifted in Paradise more… Continue reading

All aflutter about our feathered friends

Christmas Bird Count will be held Dec. 23

Baylor ties pervade rape case that sparked uproar

DALLAS — The Texas judge who approved a plea deal allowing a… Continue reading

Most Read