October 20th, 2020

Blood Tribe man accused of assault released on peace bond


By Shurtz, Delon on November 20, 2019.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A Blood Tribe man accused of assaulting three volunteer staff members at the city’s supervised consumption site has been released on a peace bond and won’t spend more time in custody.

Trevor Plaited Hair, 35, was set to stand trial Tuesday in Lethbridge provincial court on charges of assault, sexual assault, threats to cause death and breach of release conditions. However, the Crown and defence recommended he be placed on a $500, no-cash peace bond, and told the judge it was the most appropriate sentence, given Plaited Hair’s significant mental health and addiction issues.

The charges stem from incidents earlier in the year when some volunteers at the SCS complained Plaited Hair inappropriately hugged two of them, and pushed and threatened a third.

Court was told Plaited Hair, who is homeless and was a client at the SCS when he was arrested, suffers from schizophrenia, cognitive disabilities and addictions. But while his disabilities may explain his actions, workers at the consumption site need to be protected, Crown prosecutor Clayton Giles said.

Lethbridge lawyer Ingrid Hess said her client, who has been in custody since August, appears more settled than he was and hopes he will be less likely to re-offend after he is released and returns to the shelter to live. She expressed concern that, despite his issues, there are few services available to help him.

During his one-year peace bond, Plaited Hair must not be within one block of the SCS, and he is prohibited from contacting any of the three complainants.

Although Judge Timothy Hironaka agreed with the joint recommendation for a peace bond, he also expressed concern about the availability of services, as well as Plaited Hair’s ability to comply with his conditions.

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