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New release plan needed for Irishtown-Summerside man accused of sexual assault

Melvin Laing is seen walking into provincial court in Corner Brook on Thursday afternoon.
Melvin Laing is seen walking into provincial court in Corner Brook on Thursday afternoon.

Melvin Laing is going to have to spend close to two more months in jail.

The 58-year-old Irishtown-Summerside man is charged with drugging, unlawfully confining and sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 14.
He was released from custody following a mental health assessment in early July, but was taken back into custody when the two sureties who were to guarantee he followed the conditions of his release backed out of the release plan.

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Laing was back in provincial court Wednesday. The court was told Laing had agreed to remain in custody until a new release plan could be worked out between the Crown and defence.
The case will be called again Sept. 15.

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