© Diane Crocker
Donnie Snook is seen in provincial court in Corner Brook on Tuesday.
CORNER BROOK Donnie Snook asked a provincial court judge Tuesday morning to postpone his matters because his lawyer has yet to receive disclosure on the charges against him.
Snook, 41, is facing four charges in relation to alleged sex offences that date back to 1995 and 1996 while he was stationed with the Salvation Army in Mount Moriah.
The charges include two counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual interference, all against the same male victim. One count of sexual assault and one count of sexual interference are alleged to have occurred in Mount Moriah and the others at or near Barachois Pond Park.
During Tuesday’s appearance, Judge Catherine Allen-Westby issued a publication ban on the identity of the alleged victim, who was under the age of 14 at the time.
Snook told Allen-Westby that he would be speaking on his own behalf because his lawyer, Dennis Boyle, was unable to be present for the appearance.
Snook asked the judge for time to be able to discuss the disclosure with his lawyer once it is received. Because they had not seen the details on the charges against him, Snook said he was not yet able to enter pleas.
Crown attorney Ed Ring told Allen-Westby it was his understanding the disclosure has been sent to Boyle, but noted it may still be in transit.
He also said he has had some discussions with Boyle and there is a possibility that Snook may request to have the charges waived to Saint John, N.B. where he currently resides.
Following the court appearance Ring said the Crown would likely only agree to waiving the charges if Snook entered guilty pleas to them.
Allen-Westby set Snook’s next appearance to Oct. 29.
Meanwhile, Snook, has been in custody in New Brunswick since pleading guilty in May to 46 charges of child sex abuse spanning the last 12 years.
A former city councillor in Saint John, N.B., Snook was arrested at his home on Jan. 9 on eight of those charges, including making and distributing child pornography. The former foster parent resigned from his political post from jail and was later fired by the Inner City Youth Ministry.
In May, the New Brunswick Crown brought forward a slew of new charges involving 17 male children. Snook admitted his guilt on all counts. He is set to be sentenced on those charges in Saint John on Aug. 29.