August 22, 2014 8:40 am

Yakimchuk appeals murder conviction after Mr. Big ruling

Neil Yakimchuk appealing first-degree murder conviction in the 2004 shooting death of Isho Hana after Supreme Court of Canada Mr. Big ruling.

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SASKATOON – A man convicted of a 2004 Saskatoon shooting death is appealing the decision.

Neil Yakimchuk was found guilty on June 26 of gunning down Isho Hana on Preston Avenue in April 2004 in a drug-related murder.

Yakimchuk confessed to the killing years later to undercover officers who drew him into a fake criminal organization to gain his trust.

Last month, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled confessions from these schemes, known as Mr. Big stings, may be inadmissible in court.

That is the basis of Yakimchuk’s appeal.

Three others have been charged in Hana’s murder.

Their trial, by judge alone, is scheduled to begin on Sept. 8 and is also expected to be largely based on the Mr. Big sting.

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