Toronto Man Acquitted in Wasaga Beach Trailer Park Assault Case: Lack of Evidence Leads to Not Guilty Verdict

Toronto, Canada – A Toronto man accused of a violent assault at a Wasaga Beach trailer park two years ago has been acquitted of all charges by Justice Enno Meijers in a virtual courtroom in Collingwood. Meijers stated that while there was evidence of something happening to the complainant, there was not enough proof to link Gary Costa to the incident beyond a reasonable doubt.

The three-day trial, held in Collingwood last March, revolved around accusations of Costa assaulting his neighbor at a Wasaga Beach trailer park in late July 2022. The alleged encounter resulted in the neighbor sustaining a brain bleed and serious injuries to his eyes and face.

During the trial, Costa denied any involvement in the attack, and his defense emphasized the lack of physical evidence linking him to the injuries. His lawyer argued that the alleged victim was not a reliable witness, pointing to inconsistencies in his accounts and a history of dishonesty.

In his acquittal, Justice Meijers expressed uncertainty about what truly happened to the complainant, suggesting that the injuries could have occurred either from an external source or from the complainant’s own impairment. He found Costa’s testimony to be credible and in line with the evidence presented.

The Crown alleged that Costa acted out of anger towards events in the trailer park and physically assaulted the man, leaving him bloodied and threatening him with a kitchen knife. However, the defense maintained that there was no animosity between the two parties and questioned the accuracy of the complainant’s recollection of events.

Surveillance videos shown in court depicted the complainant stumbling and falling, raising doubts about his ability to accurately recall the details of the incident. The defense also suggested that the complainant’s medical history, including brain atrophy from previous head injuries and potential alcohol-related effects, could have impacted his testimony.

Ultimately, Justice Meijers concluded that the complainant’s version of events was not sufficient to establish Costa’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, leading to his acquittal. The case highlights the challenges of relying on witness testimony in cases where memory and credibility are in question.