A lower court sealed the files to protect the identity of the beneficiaries or trustees of the estate after the Shermans were found murdered
OTTAWA – The Canadian Supreme Court 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 came from the notion that individuals named as beneficiaries or trustees of the lands were at risk because the Shermans were found murdered in their home.
That decision has now been overturned, upholding an appeals court ruling that reversed the sealing order and was a win-win for Toronto Star reporter Kevin Donovan, a complainant who requested the files be opened and detailed about the sensational case over the past three and half a year.
Barry Sherman was the billionaire chairman and CEO of pharmaceutical company Apotex Inc., who was found murdered in their home with his wife Honey on December 15, 2017.
The couple were philanthropists and well-known members of Toronto Society, which sparked a keen interest in their death and the resulting police investigation.
The murders remain unsolved and the investigation continues.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 11, 2021.