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Judge rejects Verdun’s second attempt to winter in Barbados

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Judge rejects Verdun's second attempt to winter in Barbados

A judge has thrown cold water on Bob Verdun’s second attempt to winter in sunny Barbados.

The former Elmira Independent publisher’s motion for a suspension of the house-arrest sentence he got for contempt of court was dismissed by Justice Mary Lou Benotto in a Toronto courtroom on Tuesday.

“This is not an appropriate case for a stay,” lawyer Brian Radnoff said in his submissions to the court. “His only goal is to delay his house arrest so he can winter in Barbados.”

Radnoff represents Robert Astley, a former Clarica executive Verdun was found guilty of defaming. Verdun has twice been convicted of contempt of court stemming from actions tied to the Astley case.

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