A decision on the charges alleging a young woman was driving while impaired when a truck belonging to former Montreal Canadian Zack Kassian crashed into a tree in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce has been delayed again, but this time on a request from the accused.
Quebec Court Judge Denis Mondor was scheduled to deliver his decision at the Montreal courthouse on Monday in the case against Alison De Courcy Ireland, 24, who is charged with two impaired-driving-related offences. Mondor heard all of the evidence in the trial in February and put off delivering his decision twice since May.
Late last week, Mondor listened to a request from the accused’s lawyer Andrew Barbaki asking that the decision be put off because his client is pregnant and is unable to travel. De Courcy Ireland currently resides in New Brunswick.
Mondor agreed with the request and set Oct. 28 as a formality hearing during which the court will be updated on De Courcy Ireland’s ability to travel.
Kassian’s pickup truck crashed into a tree just before 6 a.m. on Oct. 4, 2015, at the corner of Clanranald Ave. and Côte-St-Luc Rd. Kassian suffered a broken nose and a broken foot in the crash. He was traded to the Edmonton Oilers shortly after it happened. He admitted in court in February that he used cocaine and drank heavily hours before the crash despite being in the NHL’s Substance Abuse and Behavioural Health Program at the time .
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