Ver­dict de­layed in hockey dorm trial

Penticton Herald - - FRONT PAGE - — Her­ald Staff

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.

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