Former Hantsport resident David Folker appealing murder conviction

Rosie Mullaley
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David Folker sits in Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John's awaiting the return of the jury which has reached a verdict in the murder trial.

Convicted murderer David Folker is appealing his second-degree murder conviction.


One of his lawyers filed notice of the appeal Thursday with the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court of Appeal in St. John’s.

Defence lawyer Jason Edwards filed the appeal on Folker’s conviction, but not his sentence.

There is no word on when the appeal will be heard.

On Nov. 8, following a lengthy trial, Folker was found guilty of second-degree murder in the July 2010 death of Ann Marie Shirran — his common-law wife and his young son’s mother — and of committing an indignity to her body.

Shirran’s skeletal remains were found by campers on Sept. 3, 2010 in a wooded area in Cappahayden. Some of her body parts had been dragged off by animals.

He was sentenced last month to the mandatory sentence of life in prison. Justice Wayne Dymond ruled Folker can’t apply for parole until he spends 15 years behind bars.

Experts testified at the trial that Shirran suffered two fractures to her head caused by forceful blows.

In the opening days of his trial, Folker admitted Shirran died during a physical altercation between the two at their apartment in Kilbride on July 18, 2010. At the time, their relationship was coming to an end.

He also admitted he disposed of her personal items in the woods off Blackhead Road and dumped her body. He admitted he lied to police about her being missing, despite the extensive search that was underway.

Folker had insisted Shirran’s death was an accident and that he disposed of her body because he panicked.

The jury didn’t buy it and took a little more than a day of deliberation to convict the Nova Scotia man.



Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court

Geographic location: Hantsport, Cappahayden, Kilbride Blackhead Road Nova Scotia

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