Carievale man convicted in child abduction case

Michael Gordon Jackson, a 55-year-old man from Carievale, has been convicted of one count of abduction in contravention of a custody order.

A jury in Regina Court of King’s Bench found Jackson guilty of taking his daughter in late 2021 and early 2022. It was alleged he took her to keep the girl from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, but in the process deprived the child’s mother from seeing the girl.

Jackson believed his daughter would be vaccinated, which he thought could result in harm, if he returned the child as scheduled in November 2021.

Jackson and his daughter were located in Vernon, B.C., in late February 2022, and he was subsequently arrested.

The Jackson trial started on April 8 and closing arguments occurred on April 18. The jury began deliberations on April 19 and reached the verdict before the end of the day.

Jackson represented himself during the trial.

A sentencing hearing for Jackson was not immediately scheduled.

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