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Date: February 25, 2009

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Murder case restarts in court
By: Louie Rosella
February 25, 2009 10:36 PM - Court proceedings have officially re-started for a Mississauga man who won his bid for a new trial after being convicted of murdering a man in a street fight during the August 2003 blackout.

In ordering that Gill be tried again, appeal judges said that the trial judge, Justice Casey Hill, failed to properly inform the jury that Gill might have been provoked the night he killed Tom Garavellos, 25, also of Mississauga.

In March 2006, the jury convicted Gill of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Garavellos. Hill sentenced Gill to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years.

Court heard that the fight began when Garavellos, who was riding in a car driven by his friend, Steve Medeiros, called Gill and his friends "geeks" for watching the stars through a telescope on a street near Dundas St. W. and Ridgeway Dr. Gill reacted by striking the back of the car.

Garavellos and Medeiros stopped the car, got out and began shouting profanities at Gill and his friends, Hassan Chaudhry and Fahd Hassan.

Gill testified that he became afraid when he saw Garavellos approaching with a beer bottle, and ran to his knapsack to get a knife, which he kept for protection.

Both Chaudhry and Hassan were initially charged with manslaughter.
Hassan Chaudhry was represented by defence counsel, Anser Farooq. Chaudhry's charge was withdrawn two years after being laid.