January 16th, 2021

Assault trial adjourned

By Shurtz, Delon on August 1, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

lethbridge herald


Two men who were expected to schedule a criminal trial Friday in Lethbridge provincial court have had their matters adjourned for a couple of weeks, instead.

Following their not guilty pleas last month to assault charges, Robert Farrell Creighton and Todd William Cross Child were set to arrange a trial during Friday’s hearing. However, Lethbridge lawyer Miranda Hlady, who appeared for both accused, simply asked to adjourn the matters to Aug. 14.

Creighton, 55, who faces one count of assault, and Cross Child, 37, who faces two counts of assault, were charged in relation to a three-on-three hockey tournament Sept. 15 last year. Police reported a player got into a verbal spat with a referee, during which the youth struck the official with his stick and the referee pushed the player to the ice.

A group of coaches and a relative of the player then walked onto the ice, where a coach from the opposing team was allegedly shoved down and the ref was punched multiple times by two men before the altercation ended.

The annual Quest for the Cup tournament involved players between the ages of seven and 12 years and was organized by the Lethbridge-based skills development business, High Performance Hockey.

The Crown previously elected to deal with the charges by summary procedure rather than by indictment. Indictment is more serious and can result in custodial sentences of up to five years for assault.

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