A Corner Brook man arrested 16 months ago by an off-duty police officer will go to trial on sex-related charges he faces from about a decade ago.
The now 44-year-old was hitchhiking on the Trans-Canada Highway east of Deer Lake when he was picked up by the officer, who just happened to be investigating files the man was wanted in relation to.
He was sentenced to 405 days in prison in May 2013 for a series of offences dating back as far as 2003. He had pleaded guilty to offences dated 2003, 2005, 2006 in western Newfoundland and November 2012 in Nova Scotia. The offences ranged from theft, possession of stolen property and breaches of probation and recognizances.
He pleaded not guilty to the sexual assault, sexual interference and sexual exploitation of a young female relative — the reason for the court-ordered publication ban that includes the name of the accused.
A preliminary inquiry was held in provincial court in Corner Brook on Friday. While evidence was heard in the morning, legal-aid lawyer Julia Smart consented to commital to trial prior to closing submissions. The evidence of the inquiry is also restricted from publication.
Crown attorney Trina Simms must now file the Supreme Court arraignment application, which she expects will be done prior to the May arraignment date.
Judge Catherine Allen-Westby presided over the preliminary inquiry.