Prosecutors claim that a Canadian pastor drugged his pregnant Filipino wife to continue his extramarital affair with a woman he had met at church.
It is alleged that Philip Grandine had been giving his wife Anna Karissa Darvin doses of Lorazepam to keep her sedated, whilst he carried on with the affair.
Prosecutors claim that it was the drug that led to her drowning in the bathtub of their Scarborough, Ontario home on October 17, 2011. Darvin was 20 weeks pregnant at the time of her death.
Extra-marital affairs with members of the congregation
Darvin was born in Pasay City, Metro Manila in the Philippines. She moved to Toronto with her family in 1994. She met Grandine at Ennerdale Road Baptist Church, where he served as pastor.
Aside from being a pastor, Grandine was also a nurse at O’Neill Centre, a long-term facility where he had access to Lorazepam.
Grandine took Darvin to St. Michael’s Hospital, just days prior to her drowning death, after having complained of dizziness, sedation, disorientation and impaired muscle control, all of which were symptoms of Lorazepam use.
Darvin tested positive for Lorazepam in a blood sample taken during the last hospital visit.
Grandine was arrested six months after Darvin died on May 2012.
Acquitted of first-degree murder
He was acquitted by a jury in 2014 due to a legal error. Grandine’s second trial takes place six years after he was acquitted of first-degree murder.
Prosecutors are working to convince the jury to find Grandine guilty of manslaughter.
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