The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that a collection of files relating to the murder victims Barry and Honey Sherman be unsealed and made available to the public.
The unanimous decision found that the trustees of the wealthy Toronto couple’s estate did not identify a serious risk to their security and privacy and that the public interest and open trial principle require the records to be released.
In June 2018, a judge at the lower court issued an order to protect files relating to the appointment of administrators, which are normally available for public inspection.
The order stemmed from the idea that persons named as beneficiaries or trustees of the estate were at risk. The double murder of the Shermans remains unsolved.
That decision has now been overturned and upholds an appeals court ruling that overturned the sealing order and spelled a victory for Toronto Star reporter Kevin Donovan, a complainant who requested the files be opened and who wrote extensively on the sensational case over the past three years and half a year.
Barry Sherman was the billionaire chairman and CEO of pharmaceutical company Apotex Inc.