Evidence issues delay child pornography case
The case of a man from Gull Island accused of possessing, accessing and making available child pornography is moving slowly through the court system.
When the case of Kyle Clarke returned to provincial court in Harbour Grace last Wednesday, defence lawyer Rosellen Sullivan told the court she was still waiting for some disclosure. This comes despite the fact Clarke was charged over a year ago.
The 29-year-old man was one of nine people in Newfoundland and Labrador arrested in June 2013 as part of an investigation covering all of Atlantic Canada. He did not appear in court Wednesday.
Twenty-two arrests in total were made. The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and RCMP contributed to the investigation dubbed Operation Snapshot II. At the time of the arrests, police said the investigation ensured the safety of a child living in the province.
Clarke’s lawyer has filed two applications with the court. Crown prosecutor Dana Sullivan told Judge Jacqueline Brazil she still needs time to discuss some issues with police involved in the investigation before any hearings for those applications can take place.
Brazil said she hopes some progress is made with the case by the time it returns to court Dec. 3.