October 25th, 2020

Drunk-driving fatal crash arraignment delayed

By Shurtz, Delon on November 26, 2019.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald


The arraignment of a 63-year-old Lethbridge man accused of killing a Piikani Nation councillor in a drunk-driving collision last year has been put off for a couple more weeks.

Douglas Wilbur Bagnall was scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Lethbridge Court of Queen’s Bench, but the matter was adjourned to Dec. 9 following a brief hearing in front of Justice Vaughan Hartigan.

The adjournment upset family members of Barnaby Provost, who was killed in June 2018 after a vehicle driving on the wrong side of Highway 3 last June collided with his vehicle. Provost’s 12-year-old daughter was also in the vehicle and sustained minor injuries.

Several family members attended Monday’s hearing and were visibly upset by yet another adjournment in a long line of adjournments while the matter has made its way through the court process.

Bagnall wasn’t charged until November 2018, five months after the collision, and then he was released a few days later on $300 bail. He subsequently failed to show up for court and breached conditions of his bail – resulting in three breach charges – and was finally arrested again at a city hotel in January.

He pleaded guilty to the breach charges on Sept. 13 and was sentenced to 60 days in jail.

Edmonton lawyer William Taterchuk asked the judge to sentence his client to only 30 days in jail, and told court Bagnall suffers from memory loss and several mental health issues after years of alcohol abuse. Bagnall also has an IQ of only 59.

The judge agreed with the Crown for 60 days in jail, but gave Bagnall credit for the equivalent of 60 days already spent in custody. Bagnall wasn’t released from custody, however, and remains in remand on charges of impaired driving, impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving.

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