October 28th, 2020

Progress anticipated in brutal assault case


By Shurtz, Delon on November 23, 2019.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

After nearly a dozen court appearances, the lawyer for a man accused of brutally assaulting an elderly Lethbridge woman in her home hopes to finally make some headway in the case.

Lethbridge lawyer Wade Hlady told the judge Friday in Lethbridge provincial court he has received more disclosure from the Crown’s office and will, over the weekend, send his client information that should help move the matter along.

Adam Hall Hobkirk-Onate, who appeared in court by closed-circuit TV from the Lethbridge Correctional Centre, has been in custody since his arrest in May. He is charged with aggravated assault, housebreaking to commit a robbery and being disguised with intent to commit an indictable offence.

Police reported a man broke into a 75-year-old woman’s home in the 3000 block of Fairway Street South during the early morning hours of May 21, and spent the night in a basement bedroom while the elderly woman slept upstairs.

The man remained undetected in the woman’s home for about 18 hours until she heard a noise while watching TV and went to investigate. The masked man who confronted her punched her in the face several times, knocked her to the ground and dragged her to the garage where he repeatedly struck her in the head with a bicycle before fleeing in her vehicle.

Police and EMS arrived at the victim’s home after receiving a 911 call from a neighbour, and found the badly beaten woman suffering from injuries to her head and face. She was rushed to the hospital and treated for several broken bones in her nose and other head injuries, then released into the care of her family.

At about 10:40 p.m. the following day, a police officer dealing with an unrelated matter near 9 Avenue and 7 Street South noticed a vehicle drive by with its headlights off and a licence plate matching the stolen vehicle. The officer stopped the vehicle and arrested the driver. Police said they also seized some of the man’s property he had left at the victim’s home.

The matter is scheduled to return to court Dec. 13.

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