Verdict delayed in hockey dorm trial
Health concerns have set back delivery of a verdict in the case against one of two men accused of fraud in connection with the failed Penticton hockey dormitory project.
Michael Elphicke stood trial last month in B.C. Supreme Court in Penticton on charges of fraud over $5,000, theft over $5,000 and unauthorized management of a lottery scheme.
A date for the judge’s decision was to be set Tuesday in B.C. Supreme Court, but Elphicke’s lawyer said his client has become “seriously ill,” and is awaiting surgery in a Calgary hospital.
“I understand he’s looking at – if all goes well – six weeks’ recovery,” said James Pennington, who did not elaborate on his client’s medical condition.
Elphicke over the weekend posted on Facebook that he had acquired a severe infection in one of his feet. His trial heard he has end-stage kidney disease and requires dialysis three times per week.
The parties will reconvene Oct. 23 to set a date for the verdict and a separate application to have the charges dropped due to a delay in getting the matter to trial.
Co-accused Loren Reagan was a no-show for trial and is now wanted on a Canada-wide arrest warrant.