Voice recognition argument not enough to warrant appeal

KAMLOOPS - One of three assailants convicted in a Kamloops home invasion in 2013 lost his appeal after arguing voice recognition was not enough to identify him as an accused.

In his appeal, Joadth Anderson argued his accuser hadn’t heard his voice for years, never listened to others in a voice lineup and was intoxicated at the time of the robbery.

Four people broke into Justin Stanley’s home in January 2013. Three were masked while the fourth - Stanley’s ex-girlfriend - identified herself and the three men who robbed him. Stanley remembered the names as Travis, Joey and Tiny. Stanley recalled ‘Joey’s’ voice as Anderson’s, a man he’d known for years.

Anderson, Travis Kelly and Kirsten Hunt were convicted. James ‘Tiny’ Paulin was acquitted.

Justice Lauri Ann Fenlon of the B.C. Court of Appeal concluded Stanley was familiar enough with Anderson’s voice to identify it.

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