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Patience running thin with Fort Vermillion man’s case

By Shurtz, Delon on September 16, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

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The court is getting impatient with a Fort Vermillion man whose matters have been in court more than three dozen times since he was charged with numerous criminal offences in January.

Judge John Maher told the accused’s lawyer Tuesday in Lethbridge provincial court, that the case needs to make some progress before the court loses patience with the repeated adjournments.

Calgary lawyer Jessica Cartwright told Maher she was unaware there had been so many court appearances, and Crown Prosecutor Lisa Weich explained Cartwright is relatively new to the case.

Jessie Hugh Flett fired his first lawyer in May, and told the judge then he felt the lawyer was not helping him.

“He just keeps putting stuff over and putting stuff over,” Flett said during a hearing on May 5.

Flett, 33, faces 46 charges, including possession of stolen property, mischief over $5,000, possession of a weapon obtained by crime, drug possession, alter/destroy/remove a vehicle identification number, careless use of a firearm, and multiple counts of unauthorized possession of a weapon.

RCMP reported Jan. 6 that officers found at a residence near Brocket bales of hay that had been stolen from Pincher Creek. Police searched a home and arrested one man without incident. During a search of some property, officers seized 14 firearms, a large amount of ammunition and methamphetamine. They also found a truck that was reported stolen out of Pincher Creek earlier that morning.

Cartwright told court she needs more time to go over additional disclosure on the case, and the matter was adjourned until next month.

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does not the fault lie with the judges for continuing to allow the postponements? 5x would be overkill…36+x is asinine. what a system.