Lawyer having trouble reaching Corner Brook client accused of arson

Cory Hurley
Published on March 19, 2014

It seems as though nobody knows the legal plan of a Corner Brook man who was criticized nearly a year ago for his efforts to obtain legal representation.

The matter of Brandon Michael Young, 25, was called in provincial court in Corner Brook Tuesday.

His legal-aid lawyer, Sandi MacKinnon, told Judge Catherine Allen-Westby that she has not been able to contact her client for some time.

He is accused of intentionally or recklessly causing damage by fire to a car, failing to stop at the scene of an accident with another vehicle and provide his name and address, and taking a car without the consent of the owner.

The lawyer said she sent him a letter Jan. 15, seeking direction and advising him of Tuesday’s court appearance.

She did not receive a response. Young was not in the courthouse.

MacKinnon asked Crown attorney Brenda Duffy to impose a warrant for jurisdiction purposes only. Duffy agreed, but took issue with the fact the original charges date back to November 2012, and that a warrant for jurisdiction had been issued at his first court appearance when he also failed to attend.

The matter will be called again April 22.

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