October 29th, 2020

Adjournment granted in senior assault case


By Kuhl, Nick on January 28, 2020.

Nick Kuhl

Lethbridge Herald

nkuhl@lethbridgeherald.com

A man accused of brutally assaulting an elderly Lethbridge woman in her home last year will continue to wait on the next proceeding.

The matter was briefly in Lethbridge provincial court Monday, where the lawyer for Adam Hobkirk-Onate asked for, and was granted, another adjournment until Feb. 10.

Hobkirk-Onate, who appeared in court by closed-circuit TV from the Lethbridge Correctional Centre, has been in custody since his arrest in May 2019. 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, 2019, and allegedly spent the night in a basement bedroom while the elderly woman slept upstairs.

Police say the accused remained undetected in the woman’s home for about 18 hours until she heard a noise and went to investigate. She encountered a masked man who allegedly 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 on the southside 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.

With files from Delon Shurtz

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