THUNDER BAY -- Closing submissions at the extortion trial of former Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs, his wife Marisa Hobbs, and friend Mary Voss will be made next Thursday.
Crown Attorney Peter Keen, as well as defence lawyers Brian Greenspan and George Joseph will present their final arguments to Justice Fletcher Dawson.
Keen noted on Day 1 of the trial that the judge should consider “who was driving the bus” when rendering his decision.
The Crown argues the three accused withheld incriminating video evidence of the alleged victim, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, from police and instead used that evidence to coerce him to buy a $429,000 home for Mary Voss.
The Crown contends the Hobbses, who were in deep financial trouble at the time planned to then borrow money from Voss, who could have used that house as collateral for a bank loan.
The accused vehemently deny those claims and insist they were set up by the alleged victim who planned the whole thing.
Closing submissions will be presented next Thursday, starting at 11 a.m before Justice Dawson delivers his decision sometime in the new year.
Complete coverage of Hobbs trial:
Day 1: Keith Hobbs trial starts today
Witness testifies of interactions between Hobbs and alleged extortion victim
Day 2: Details of extortion allegations heard at Hobbs trial
Day 3: Videos from USB drive given by Hobbs shown in court
Day 4: Alleged extortion victim calls behaviour in videos horrid and awful