Nicole Kish's appeal in Ross Hammond 2007 murder to be heard later this month 0
Nicole Kish's mother, Christine Bivens, speaks with the media following her daughter's 2011 murder conviction. Bivens is now speaking up for her daughter in advance of an appeal scheduled to be heard on Oct. 29, 2013. (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun files)
To her legion of international supporters, “panhandler” Nicole Kish is the Canadian equivalent of Amanda Knox.
Like the American student, they insist Kish has been unfairly portrayed in the media and wrongly convicted of murder. And they’re hoping her long-awaited appeal later this month will finally set her free after more than two difficult years in prison.
“It’s been horrible beyond belief,” says Kish’s mother, Christine Bivens. “Just being accused of this came close to destroying her. To be convicted when there were viable, alternate suspects, we were shocked, we were horrified.”
Home after backpacking around North America, it was Kish’s 21st birthday and the musician and poet had been celebrating with a group of friends later described as homeless squeegee kids. “She was labelled a panhandler,” says her mom. “It led people to not look at the facts.”