POLITICS

Quick quotes on Michael Rafferty's first degree murder conviction

05/11/2012 11:30 EDT | Updated 07/11/2012 05:12 EDT
LONDON, Ont. - Here are some quotes in reaction to Friday's first degree murder conviction of Michael Rafferty in the slaying of Victoria Stafford.

"You listened attentively to the evidence, to the submissions and to the charge. And when you deliberated on your verdict, you did not rush to judgment, but you took the time that was needed to carefully consider the evidence before arriving at a decision. And in the end, you arrived at a verdict that was just and amply supported by the evidence." _ Superior Court Judge Thomas Heeney to the jury.

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"I wanted to scream, scream something in the courtroom, but we just couldn't do it. Happy, excitement, but at the same time, there was a sense of loss because Tori's not coming home. But we got it, we got the justice." _ Rodney Stafford, Tori's dad, on how he felt on hearing the verdict.

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"What we've been feeling inside for the last three years has been hell. This has been almost a release for us. It's just amazing. It's just amazing." _ Doreen Graichen, Tori's grandmother

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"We have no regrets. We did everything that we could to ensure a fair trial for Mr. Rafferty." _ Defence lawyer Dirk Derstine.

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"It's really a day of mixed emotion for all of us. It's been a long and difficult trial for everybody, the trial is finally over, so that's a good thing, but the verdict means that the jury has found that Michael Rafferty did kidnap, sexually assault and murder Victoria Stafford and our thoughts are with Victoria's family. I'll close by simply saying that we believe that justice was done." _ Crown attorney Kevin Gowdey.

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"Our thoughts and prayers are clearly with Tori's family and friends, that they may garner the inner strength to move forward in the memory of their beautiful child. Tori was truly our inspiration as we moved through the past three years." _ Woodstock police Insp. Bill Renton, former OPP officer who led the search for Tori.

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