By Shurtz, Delon on October 31, 2020.
A 29-year-old man accused of spraying a security guard in the face with a loaded syringe may have his case moved into the new Lethbridge drug treatment court.
Lethbridge lawyer Ingrid Hess told court Friday she will apply to have Wade Allan Cross Child’s charges moved into the special court, which is anticipated to begin sometime in November or December. The matter, which has been adjourned numerous times while the accused receives treatment for substance abuse, returns to court Nov. 13 for an update on the application.
During a hearing last month in provincial court, Hess said her client completed treatment at the Poundmaker’s Lodge Treatment Centre near Edmonton, and was continuing treatment in Standoff.
Hess explained she and the Crown are discussing resolving the case, but Cross Child needs to complete treatment first.
The new drug treatment court, which was announced in March, will provide an opportunity for offenders charged with criminal offences because of their drug addictions to choose between receiving treatment or a punitive sentence. Those who agree to the alternative measure will receive access to treatment and counselling and will be subjected to regular drug testing. They must also attend court regularly to provide an update on their treatment and recovery progress.
Cross Child is charged with aggravated assault, assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon, stemming from an incident at the former supervised consumption site March 3.
Just after 6 a.m. police responded to a report that a security guard working at the SCS in the 1000 block of 1 Avenue South had been assaulted by a client.
Security approached a man in the waiting area after he began to inject himself, and since drug use was only permitted in the consumption area, the security guard told the man to stop and go into the supervised area. The man became upset and shot the contents of the syringe – reportedly containing blood and other fluids – into the security guard’s face before he was taken into custody.
The 22-year-old guard was treated at Chinook Regional Hospital and released, but required ongoing treatment afterward as a result of the exposure.
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