November 25th, 2020

Case may move to new drug treatment court


By Shurtz, Delon on October 31, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

lethbridge herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

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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ewingbt

I hope they have properly analyzed whether this person will be a good candidate for this program. What he did was serious, since many of these addicts have AIDS/HIV/Hep C and other communicable diseases, including the hookers on the streets.
This young 22 year old will always have it in the back of his mind if Hep C will surface or HIV/AIDS. Hep C can hide for decades before surfacing.
I am for these programs, a closer step to an award winning program started in 2013 in Tennessee, but after seeing many abuse the system, wonder if he has been properly considered for the program.
This city relies heavenly throughout on security guards to protect property, businesses and clients and when there is such a clear, disrespect shown to someone with limited powers and often slow police responses, I am concerned.
Police, CPO’s and the Watch get spit on and the perpetraitor says they havee COVID . . . COVID is not the thing many worry about. Most of these addicts have HIV/AIDS/Hep C . . . . the ones that use the public washrooms downtown and often do drugs in them, leaving bio-hazards . . . not social distancing and not wearing masks is the least to worry about!
I would like to see this person successfully treated and have a chance in life, but let’s make sure they are suited for the program. The one in the Tennessee has been adopted by several states and several other treatment programs have been generated by it, including ACE’s programs that have high success rates.
We have most of the elements in place in Alberta, we just need to co-ordinate them as well as stop generating more addicts with the safe sites. We do not need to have site to have addicts get help with their addiction. Counselling referrals can be just as easily set up at the shelter/Alpha house and maybe a special clinic that focuses on wound care!
Safe consumption sites are killing machines that have committed genocide on FN youth in our area, attracting them from FN communities, where they end up on the streets and within 5-7 years are dead, but often sooner!
I wish this drug court success and hope the Wade Cross Child’s treatment is effective and successful and he learns to enjoy the real life many dream of.

JustObserving

The Drug Treatment Court mandate specifies it only handles NON-VIOLENT OFFENCES. The charges here do not qualify – for good reason.



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