Outside judge to hear assault case

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Published on July 9, 2014

The provincial Crown office in Corner Brook will have to rearrange some trials scheduled for early September in order to accommodate an assault trial.

Shawn Woodman was not present when his matter was called in provincial court in the city on Tuesday. Instead, he was represented by St. John’s lawyer Erin Breen, who appeared via telephone.

When the matter was called to set a date for trial, Judge Kymil Howe indicated that a not guilty plea had been entered by Woodman, however, due a conflict with the Corner Brook court that an outside judge would have to be brought in to hear the matter. The nature of the conflict was not revealed.

With some difficulty securing three days together, Howe indicated they would need to clear the three days and asked Crown attorney Brenda Duffy if that was possible. Duffy replied that it would mean rearranging some previously scheduled trials, but it could be done.

Woodman’s trial was set for Sept. 3, 4 and 5, and Howe asked both the defence and Crown that if the need for any delays occurred that they notify the court right away.