January 22nd, 2021

Man accused in beating senior awaiting resolution of charges

By Shurtz, Delon on March 31, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

lethbridge herald


A man accused of brutally assaulting an elderly woman in her home last year is still in jail while he waits for his lawyer to visit him so they can discuss a possible resolution of the charges.

During a hearing in Lethbridge provincial court March 6, Lethbridge lawyer Wade Hlady told court he had received an agreed statement of facts from the Crown prosecutor, and he would review it with his client and possibly take a step at his next court appearance later in the month.

That appearance occurred Monday, but an agent for Hlady told court the lawyer hadn’t yet arranged with security to meet with his client.

Adam Hall Hobkirk-Onate 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 spent the night in a basement bedroom while the elderly woman slept upstairs.

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

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, and seized some of the man’s property he had left at the victim’s home.

The matter is scheduled to return to court Friday.

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