Dyrrin Daley guilty of second-degree murder in deaths of Barrie father and son

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A 29-year-old Barrie man has been found guilty of two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of a Barrie father and son in 2017.

Justice Vanessa Christie made the ruling in a Barrie court Aug. 30 following a lengthy trial she presided over in June, which did not include a jury.

Dyrrin Daley, 29, now awaits sentencing for the murders of James Pasowisty, 51, and his 19-year-old son, Nick, on Feb. 8, 2017.

Daley testified that he stabbed the pair to death in self-defence after he was initially attacked by James Pasowisty.

But Christie gave no credence to his version of events surrounding what prosecutors called a “massacre” at a William Street second-floor apartment in the early hours of Feb. 8.

“This court does not believe the evidence of Mr. Daley. There are numerous and critical inconsistencies between his trial testimony and his previous statements … Incontrovertible scientific evidence contradicts Mr. Daley in many critical respects.”

Christie said at times Daley’s explanation of what led him to stab the father and son multiple times “appeared to be rehearsed.”

Daley has been in custody since he was arrested at his nearby home the next afternoon.

He was originally charged with first-degree murder in the death of Nick Pasowisty on the grounds that he allegedly confined Nick to the apartment.

But Christie ruled the Crown did not prove Daley restricted the younger Pasowisty from escape during the bloody melee.

“It makes sense that Nick would like to escape, but it’s just as likely he stayed to help his father,” Christie said.

Christie also ruled that Daley was not provoked into repeatedly lashing out and stabbing the pair, which would have reduced his crimes to manslaughter if proven by the Crown.

Court heard James suffered 38 “sharp-instrument” cuts and stab wounds while Nick suffered 35.

Daley had testified that he went into a frenzy because he was under attack and flailed the knife in self defence.

But Christie said the evidence showed he stabbed the father and son “with purpose.”

While Daley may have not gone to the apartment with intent to kill, she came to the “inescapable conclusion” that he meant to end their lives once he started using the knife.

Court heard Daley had been to the apartment before to purchase cannabis from James Pasowisty.

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