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Sentencing delayed for man accused of arson and assault

By Delon Shurtz - Lethbridge Herald on December 8, 2021.


A Lethbridge man facing 11 criminal charges, including arson and assault with a weapon, may have to wait until the new year to learn his fate.
Kyle Glen Lowe pleaded guilty Nov. 1 in Lethbridge provincial court to the charges, as well as to charges of theft under $5,000, mischief causing damage, possession of stolen property under $5,000, and multiple counts of failure to comply with release conditions. The matter was then adjourned for a month to allow time for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.
Lethbridge lawyer Wade Hlady had hoped his client would be sentenced this year, but during a brief hearing Monday he asked the matter to be adjourned for another week, when he hopes a date for sentencing will be scheduled.
Lowe’s charges stem from incidents last year and earlier this year.
Last August Lowe set fire to a rag and placed it by the fence around the Spitz Stadium near Henderson Lake Park. A bystander stomped out the fire before it could cause any damage.
Lowe was arrested four days later, and during a search police found a knife and machete, even though previous release conditions prohibited him from possessing weapons.
Last January police received a 911 call, and recorded an assault in progress. Lowe had bitten a man’s thumb, struck him on the head with a rock, then threw the rock at a woman, hitting her in the face. Lowe also struck a vehicle driven by the woman. Both victims were cut during the assaults.
On Aug. 13 Lowe attacked an ex-girlfriend in her house. Lowe accused her of stealing from him, and punched and kicked her, and struck her with her purse, chipping one of her teeth. When the woman tried to leave the house, he grabbed her and continued the assault.
At about 3:40 p.m. on May 30, 2020, Lowe threw a large rock or piece of concrete at a traffic camera on 5 Avenue and Mayor Magrath Drive South. Police found him later that night as he was weaving through traffic on his bicycle, and he took off when police told him to stop. He was arrested shortly afterward and found in possession of a folding knife, in contravention of a weapons prohibition. He was also out past his curfew.
Lowe was also charged with additional counts of failure to comply with release conditions. The first relates to an incident on Aug. 26 of last year when Lowe was drinking alcohol and walking on the train tracks between Coleman and Blairmore. An RCMP officer detained him for trespassing, and learned Lowe was on conditions to not be within 100 metres of CP Rail property. At the time Lowe was also carrying a hatchet, despite orders he not possess weapons.
The second incident occurred Nov. 14, 2020 at about 11 p.m. on 12 Avenue North. Lowe was riding a stolen bike when he was supposed to be obeying a curfew. He was searched again, and found in possession of two pocket knives.
Also in November, a Lethbridge police officer saw Lowe in the parking lot of a northside storage facility. There was a motorcycle parked in front of a pickup truck owned by an employee of the storage facility, and a BMX bicycle on the ground, partially under the driver’s side of the truck. The motorcycle and the bicycle had been stolen earlier in the month.

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