The case of a woman who says she developed post-traumatic stress disorder after serving as a juror during the trial of Michael Rafferty has been resolved.
According to the Canadian Press, the woman’s lawyer said Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General has agreed to provide the juror with “some financial assistance” towards expenses she incurred in receiving treatment after Rafferty’s trial.
Rafferty was convicted in 2012 of kidnapping, sexually assaulting and murdering 8-year-old Victoria (Tori) Stafford in Woodstock, Ont.
The 57-year-old woman, who cannot be identified, argued she should be recognized and compensated as a victim of crime. The woman’s lawyers said she was forced to go on long-term disability and was previously diagnosed with PTSD and an anxiety disorder.
On Monday, Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi announced that by January 2017, anyone serving on a jury who required counselling will be able to receive it for free. The province will have a designated phone number available for those who need support.