Surrey robber loses appeal of 14 convictions

Surrey robber loses appeal of 14 convictions

VANCOUVER — A man convicted of 14 crimes related to robberies in Surrey and Langley has lost his appeal of those convictions.

Michael Heatley tried to have the Court of Appeal for British Columbia overturn the trial judge’s rulings on voir dire hearings that admitted evidence concerning his confessions to seven robberies.

The appeal court hearing was heard in Vancouver in June and Justice Mary Newbury dismissed his appeal on Wednesday, Aug. 5th.

She found Heatley had “decided voluntarily to ‘clean his slate.’”

Justices Ian Donald and John Savage agreed.

Heatley was convicted on seven counts of robbery and seven counts of committing an indictable offence with his face masked.

This was related to the robberies of fast-food outlets, including Booster Juice stores, in Surrey and Langley in the summer of 2011.

Heatley’s 11-day trial was heard in March 2014.

tom.zytaruk@thenownewspaper.com