Charges withdrawn in 2015 machete attack in Gander
Crown says decision in the best interests of the complainant
Kelsey Moyles is a free woman. At court in Gander on Monday, June 19, an aggravated assault charge was withdrawn against the 23-year-old Lewisporte resident.
Moyles was one of three adults who were charged in 2015 following a machete attack on a man near Gander. The man was found wandering, and bleeding, on the Trans-Canada Highway.
Lawyers for Moyles, and the Crown, agreed to withdraw the charge against Moyles.
Crown attorney Doug Howell told the Pilot the decision was based on “the best interests of the complainant.
“What I can say to you, is the same thing I said to the Judge, to Justice Peddle,” said Howell. “In the week before the trail was to start, I had a number of conversations with the complainant in the matter . . . , after having those meetings I determined it would not be in his, the complainant’s, best interest for us to proceed with the trial.”
Two others have already been convicted in the incident.
In November, 2016, James Rowsell, also of Lewisporte, was sentenced to one year, minus time served, for his role in the incident.
In February, 2017, Brandon Bungay of Indian Bay, was sentenced to two years plus one day, on the assault charge.
A fourth person, who cannot be named because they were under 18 at the time of the incident, had also been charged but had not yet been to court.
With the withdrawal of the charge against Moyles, all court cases stemming from the 2015 incident have been completed, according to Howell.
A publication ban is in place to protect the identity of the complainant.