Charges with­drawn in 2015 ma­chete at­tack in Gan­der

Crown says de­ci­sion in the best in­ter­ests of the com­plainant

The Beacon (Gander) - - Front page - BY PA­TRICK MUR­PHY Pa­trick.mur­phy@tc.tc

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.

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